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j February 1976 

AIRFIX] | magazine for phstic modellers 

Inside: American Civil War figure conversions, 8th 
Army models, Blenheim colours and Operatioft Sealion 

This month’s star feature — modelling the RB-57 

February 1976 Volume 17 No 6 

magazine for plastic modellers 

Editorial Director Darryl Reach Editor Bruce Quarrie Art Editor Tim McPhee 
Editorial offices Bar Hill, Cambridge CB3 8EL. Telephone Crafts Hill 80010 

On the cover 


Top Boxtop artwork from Airfix's new 1:72 
scale F-14 Tomcat kit depicting a machine 
in the colourful markings of a US Navy 
aircraft from VF-1 on the USS Enterprise 
(see also feature on pages 355-7). Left 
Sergeant. 14th New York State Militia, 
Union Army 1861-4, carrying flank marker 
(Gerry Embleton). Right HMS Antelope, 
second of the Royal Navy's Type 21 
Frigates (L/A Tony Thomas, 

HMS Daedalus ). 

News from Airfix E-boat and MRCA kits 323 

Air, land and sea New exhibition at RAF Museum plus 
other news items of interest to modellers 324 

Squadron codes and colours by Michael J. F. Bowyer 
and John D. R. Rawlings 330 

Operation Sealion Modelling coastal fortifications 
described by Terry Wise 331 

HMS Apollo Modelling the penultimate Leander 

by Paul Beaver 335 

American Civil War Zouave Modelled in 54 mm scale 
by Martin Windrow and Gerry Embleton 336 

Army-air colours Enter the Blenheim, 
by Michael J. F. Bowyer 338 

British army uniforms Infantry in the 1790s 
by Bryan Fosten 342 

RB-57F Major 1 :72 scale conversion from the Airfix 
Canberra kit by Bryan Philpott 344 

8th Army in the desert Modelling the Matilda flail, White 
scout car and Dorchester ACV, by John Sandars 352 

Tomcat! Photo feature on the F-14 by Peter F. Guiver 355 

Americans invade Dorset . . . Report on a recent military 
exercise from Terry Gander 358 

New kits and models Recent releases reviewed 360 

News for wargamers New games and books 362 

Photopage Return of this popular feature 

by Michael Bowyer 363 

Book reviews New publications of interest to modellers 364 
Letters to the editor Your chance to win a free Airfix kit 365 


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Airfix Magazine is published for the proprietors. 
Airfix Products Limited, 
by PSL Publications Limited, 
on the fourth Friday of each month. 

Annual subscription rate £5.10 (USA $12.00) from 
Surridge Dawson & Company (Productions) 
Limited. Second Class postage paid at New York 
Post Office, NY. 

February 1976 



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Matchbox He. Ill, Wellington, He. 115, 
Phantom F-4M/K — 85p each 
Matchbox Siskin 111, Henschel 126, 

HS Hawk 1182 — 30p each 

Matchbox Aston Martin Ulster, Bugatti 59, Jaguar SS/100, 
Porsche 917, all 1/32 scale — 75p each 
Hasegawa FW190A or D, both 1/72 — 50p each 
Hasegawa 1/76 AFV M5 Tractor, Daimler Mk 2 A/C, 
Humber Mk 2 A/C all at 40p each 
Airfix A300 B Airbus — £1.35 each 
Airfix F 86 D Sabre 1/72 scale — 38p each 

‘If you think of something, think of Jones Bros.’ 


Full range as listed available, 

Mirage 111, Hunter, Typhoon IB, all at 55p each 
Javelin, Vimy Mk XV, Canberra, all at 75p each 
others from 45p and 65p each 


PLASTICARD in packs of 10 (white) 

10 thou 90p, 20 thou £1.25, 30 thou £1.40 
40 thou £2.00, 60 thou £3.70 


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Our new rapidly expanding range (over 30 already) and we are the 
only manufacturer of a comprehensive range of modern and WW2 
aircraft in this scale. 


Designed for the wargamer, the nearest you can get to a realistic 
scale/range ratio and still recognise each ship class — we've not yet 

counted the number who have said in surprise "That's a class 

cruiser'' — over 120 in our range at 7p each. 


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price either — best value for money you can get — a growing range of 
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AIRFIX magazine 


Humbrol/Badger 200 Airbrush 
Set £16.00. 

Contents: 200 Airbrush, Airline, 
On/Off Valve, 4 Jars, Propellant 
and instructions 


Aircraft — 1/72 Scale 



Gipsy Moth 


Tupolev SB2 


Fairey Gannet 










FW 190A 


Curtiss Kittyhawk 


Mitsubishi Zero 


Fokker D21 






Waterline 1/500 Scale 

HMS Hero 


HMS Torquay 


HMS Undine 


Colour Catalogue p/p 35p 


1/72 Scale AFVs — 60p each 


8009 P3 JG V Jagdpanther 

8023 PZKPFW Ausf G IV 

8026 PZKPFW V Panther Ausf A 

8028 M4 A1 Sherman 


8001 PZKPFW 111 Ausf M 

8002 SDKFZ 251/1 

8003 PZKPFW 11 Ausf F 

8004 105 mm S/P Gun WESPE 

8005 Sturmeschutz 

8006 Elefant & Figs. 

8007 Opel Blitz Lorry 

8008 King Tiger & Figs. 

8010 Marder 111 

801 1 Hetzer 38t 

8012 PZKPFW IV Jagdpanther 

8013 Hummel 

8014 SDKFZ H/T 11 

8018 Afrika Korps & Weapons 

8019 8th Army & 6 Pdr A/T Gun 

8020 Pak 40 & Pak 36 

8021 PZKW 1 1 Ausf N 

8022 SDKFZ 251/1 & 


8035 Opel Blitz Ambulance 

Colour Catalogue post paid 42p 



White Plastic Card approx 9" x 12" 
.005 — lOp .030 — 22d 



— 22p 



— 27p 

1 3p 


— 45p 

1 5p 

.015 — 13p .060 — 45p 

.020 — 1 5p 


.010 — 18p I 

.020 — 20p 

Micro Strip Assorted 35p 

Micro Rod Assorted 30p 

Mek Pak Liquid 
Cement 18p & 30p 

Plastic Weld Liquid Cement 35p 
Dulcote Spray 25p 

Glosscote Spray 25p 

Squadron Green Stuff 65p 
Humbrol Green Putty 45p 
Silver Rub & Buff 65p 

Airfix Paints each 15p 

Pactra Paints each 15p 

Humbrol Authentic 
Paints each 16p 

Humbrol Enamel each 13p 

Petite Precision 
Super 30 Kit £15.00 

Super 10 Kit £11.50 

Drill only p/pd. £7.00 


1/76 Scale AFVs — 60p each 


King Tiger 


KV-1 1941 


KV 11 




Jagdtiger Hetzer 


PZKPF 38t 


Sherman M4-A3 


Matilda Mk 4 


SDKFZ 250 H/T 


Armoured Car 222 


Kubelwagen BMW R75 






SU 85 

EBA16 Volga 

EBA17 Jap Type 97 


Ho-Ni Jap 

EBA19 Chi Ha 


German Infantry 


88 A/T Gun 


US Infantry 


Jerrycans, Bricks etc. 


A/T Obstacles/Watch 



German Inf. (Gas Masks) 


British Infantry 


Japanese Infantry 


Elefant 65p 

Coloured Catalogue 

post paid 35p 


1/35 Seal* Military Figures 

4 German Parachute Troops 
4 German Infantry 
4 US Army Tank Crew 

3 British Infantry 

4 German Afrika Korps 
4 German Army Officers 
4 US Army Infantry 

4 Russian Infantry 
48 Sand Bags 
24 Barricade Set 
Jerry Can Set 
4 German Tank Crew 
Brick Wall Set 
All above 40p each 
8 German Panzer Grenadiers 
8 German Assault Troops 
8 British 8th Army 
8 German Artillery Troops 
8 German Afrika Korps 

7 German Machine Gun Troops 

8 US Infantry 

All above 80p each 
Wehrmacht Mounted Infantry 
Set 55p each 

Pocket Catalogue and Price List 
32p post paid 


US H/T M3A2 £2.50 

Jagdpanther £2.70 


Russian F/Car Gaz 67B 50p 

Daimler Dingo 50p 

Zundapp 50p 

Ansaldo Ml 3/40 £1.00 

M36 Jackson £2.00 

King Tiger Rem.Cont. £2.50 

Chieftain £2.00 

The above this month only whilst 
stocks last 


1/76 Scale 

Canadian Ram 1 & 2 or 
Ram Kangaroo 
2 Hulls + 2 Turrets 
Designed for conversion of Airfix 
Lee/Grant and Sherman 

75p per set 

1/32 Scale 
Drop Tanks 

Designed for Revells F-4J & E 
Phantom £1.00 per set 


1/72 Scale 

Type 99 Light Bomber 

Lilley' £3.25 

PACK No 1 

1/35 Scale 

Browning M2 (Air Cooled) 

.50 M/G 

Vickers 'K' .303 Single & 

Twin M/Gs 35p per set 


297 Arado AR 96 

(complete kit) £1.30 
145 Fairey Gannet AEW 3 
(Conversion of Frog 
Gannet AS4) 60p 

127 D.H. Vampire NF10 

(Conversion of Frog 
Vampire FB 5) 35p 


106 FW200/D0335 

Canopy Conv. 35p 

108 Meteor T7 

Canopy Conv. 20p 

109 Avenger TBM 3U/3R 

Conv 20p 

111 He 111 B/T 

Conv. 20p 

162 He 46 (complete kit) £1.20 
183 Convair Sea Dart £1.25 
192 Lockheed Jetstar £1.10 
206 Fairchild Provider £3.60 
305 Catalina PBY-5 Conv.EI. 15 
Send large stamped self- 
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1/35 Scale AFVs 

Horch KFZ 15 






Opel Blitz 


Hetzer 38t 


Marder 1 1 1 






Fiat Ansaldo Ml 3/40 


S/P M40 Gun 


PAK 40/Accessories 


Six Fighters/Small Arms 


A/T Gun Russian 762 M42 


Italian Paratroops 


Illustrated Brochure p/p 20p 


Sheet 55p each p/p 

1/72 Scale 

02A Bell UH-1D 

09A Super Mystere 

16A National Insignias 
17A National Insignias 

21 A F 102A Delta Dagger 
22A F 106 A/B Delta Dart 

18B ‘32 Me Bf 109 



Lichen Grey, Gold, Green, Dark 
& Light Green, Assorted colours 

33p each 

Fine Scatter: Roadstone Black, 
Light Green, Dark Green, 
Brown Earth, Sand Yellow, 
Ballast Grey, River Blue, Red, 
Corn Yellow, Meadow Green, 
Forest Brown 20p each 

Scatter Material (our assortment 
of 5 colours) 80p par pack 


US Scale Modeler monthly 
Oct, Nov, Dec 1975, Jan, Feb 1976 

£ 1.10 each post paid 


1/72 AFVs — 40p each 

EBY1 Willeys Jeep 

EBY2 155 mm M12 Gun 

EBY3 Stuart Mk 1 

EBY4 Lee Mk 1 

EBY5 Grant Mk 1 

EBY6 M3 A1 H/T 

EBY7 M4 A1 H/T 

EBY8 Tiger 1 

EBY9 Panther 

EBY10 88 mm Flak Gun 

EBY11 8 Ton H/T 

EBY12 Kubelwagen/Sidecar 

EBY13 Schwimmwagen 

EBY14 8 Ton H/T & 20mm Gun 

EBY15 M4 Sherman 

EBY16 Fuel Truck Isuzu TX 40 

EBY17 Starter Truck Toyota GB 

EBY18 SDKFZ 7/2 H/T" 

EBY19 US M24 Chaffee 
EBY20 GMC Pers. Carrier 
EBY21 GMC Gas. Truck 
EBY22 GMC Dump Truck 
EBY23 13 ton M5 Tractor 
EBY24 A/C Daimler Mk 2 
EBY25 A/C Humber Mk 2 
EBY26 Cruiser Tank Crusader 3 
1/72 Scale Aircraft — 50p each 
FW 190A 
FW 190D 
P47D Razor Back 
P47 Bubble Top 
Spitfire Mk 1 
Mustang P51D 

Grumman Tracjer £1.00 

Coloured Catalogue p/p 35p 


1/72 Scale Vac-formed 

Lockheed S. Constellation 

Fairey Fulmar 1/1 1 

N.A. FJ-1 Fury 

Martin B10 

Bell 206 Jetranger 

L5A S. Sentinel 

Beech Expeditor 

P43 Lancer 

Curtiss SBC Helldiver 

Breda 65 

Bell XFM — 1 Airacuda 
F84G Thunderjet 

Mustang Fuselage 
F86 Sabre 

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February 1976 


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DIDO CLASS Cruiser 1941 
G4M2 BETTY Japanese WW2 
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MIG25 FOXBAT modern 
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History — Reference 
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Computers — Navigation 
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We carry a comprehensive 
U.K. and International range 
of books on all aspects of 
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75 mm Spanish 
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Fight the Desert War in a 
small way . . . 

with GHQ original Micro-Armour. You get classic detail on 
ourl :285 scale models — the sort that you associate with tanks 
many times their size. Like the shovel on the Sherman. Maybe 
you preferthe Eastern Front. InspectourTigers.Orelse you like 
the 1940 campaigns. Our listing fits the bill. Look at GHQ 
Micro-Armour and see that small does not mean shapeless. 
Send 20p for our listing and a sample of the Tiger One to us. 

We know you will like what you see. 

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AIRFIX magazine 



TELEPHONE: 01-552 0352 Monday to Friday 


Buy one pack of 1/72 scale U.S.A.F. fighters for only £3.77 plus p/p. Contains the following Hasegawa kits: 
F106A. F100D. F15A. F104. F105D & F5A. 


Buy one pack of 1/72 scale Soviet fighters for only £1.50 plus p/p. Contains K P MIG19, K.P MIG17 and bagged 
Hasegawa MIG21 Fishbed. 


Buy one pack of 1/72 scale British fighters for only £3.55 plus p/p. Contains Hasegawa Harrier, Frog Lightning. 
Frog Javelin. Frog Vampire. Frog Hunter and Matchbox Phantom F4K/M. 

Or buy all three packs for £8.70 post free plus three free tubes of glue 


Tamiya Martini Brabham plus driver figure plus mechanic figure £7.99 

Tamiya J.P.S.. or Texaco McLaren or Yardley McLaren or Tyrrell plus driver figure plus mechanic for only £7.29 
Both Offers POST FREE. 


Whilst stocks last we are offering the following as a special purchase: 

Monogram B17G Fortress 1/48 scale. Squadron Signal B17 in Action book. Humbrol olive drab, Humbrol Neutral Grey, 
Pactra Zinc Chromate plus a tube of glue for only £7.50 post tree. 


Whilst slocks last we are able to otter Humbrol/Badger 200 senes airbrushes at the following prices: 

Basic 200 Air Brush £15.00 Badger 250 Air Brush £5.00 

Humbrol 200 set, with power pack and spare jars included , £16.00 

Please note that we maintain full stocks of spares for the Badger range of Air Brushes, plus compressors and Air Cans. 
Repair service operated 

1/35 TAMIYA 1/35 

NEW— Hunting Tiger £2.65 

NEW-Panther £2.65 

NEW— Russian KV1 £2.65 

NEW— Horch Type 1A £1.75 

1/35 Sandbag set 40p 

1/35 Barricade set 40p 

1/35 Brick wall set 40p 

1/35 German Tank Crew 40p 


NEW— M3A2 Halt Track £2.50 

1/72 ESCI 1/72 

NEW— US Ml 2 155 mm gun carriage 60p 

NEW— Russian Guards figures 60p 

NEW— U S. Marine figures 60p 

Opel Blitz truck 60p 

Opel Blitz Ambulance 60p 

King Tiger 60p 

Elefant tank destroyer 60p 

Jagdpanther PzKpfw IV 60p 

Sturmgeschutz 60p 

Hanomag rocket launcher 60p 

1/76 FUJIMI 

Jap Type 97 Eletant 

Chi-Ha T 34/85 

Sherman KV1A 

Praga SU85 

Hetzer Matilda 

All 65p each plus the rest ol this range 

1/35 ITALAEREI 1/35 

Hetzer P38t £1.75 

Marder 111 £1.75 

Elefant £3.00 

Opel Blitz £1.75 

Panzer IV F1/F2 £2.20 

PzKpFz 36t £1.75 

Ansaldo 13/40 £1.75 


Willys Jeep 
Humber A/Car 
M24 Chaffee 
TX40 Fuel truck 
M3 Grant Mk 1 


Stuart Mk 1 
Daimler A/Car 
88 mm Flak 18 
Panther G 
M4A1 H/Track 

All 40p each plus the rest of the range. 

1/72 MATCHBOX 1/72 

Sherman Firefly Wespe 124 

M16 Half Track Panther 

Jagdpanther Humber Mk 1 1 

PzlllAusfG Puma 234/3 

Comet A 34 Mk 1 

All at 30p each 58p for two 


As importation of these kits into the U.K. has now ceased this is the last chance of obtaining supplies ot these excellent 
1/48 scale aircraft kits 

P51D Mustang £1.50 F6F Hellcat £1.50 FW190A £1.30 

HAS 1 Wasp £1.00 Northrop F5A £1.00 Intruder £2.85 

Huey Cobra AH1G £1.00 Iroquois UH IB £1.00 FW190D £1.30 

Plus the Grumman El Hawkeye in 1/72 scale £1.60 


Special Purchase REVELL DRAGSTERS Reduced Prices 

Tony Nancy s Loner Dragster £3.60 Praying Mantis Dragster £3.60 

Da Revell Fast Guys Dragster £3.60 Hawaiian Charger £1.85 

Revell Snowman Charger £1.85 Thompson Grand AM £1.85 


Due to the recent Canadian Postal strike we have been unable lo obtain supplies of the following items: Floquil weathering 
sets. Horizon conversions and Airframe kits. In case the situation has not resolved itself by the time this advert appears 
we apologise for continued delays. 

THE BIG UN . . . FI 04 STARFIGHTER . . . 1/32 . . . HASEGAWA 

This really is a superb model, with fully detailed engine, gun bay and cannon, nose radar and cockpit assembly Alternative 
decals tor Japan. West Germany and Denmark £2.95 


New 1/35 scale accessories. The first contains Air Cooled 
Browning M2. Vickers ’K’ 303 twin and single m/gs. Fully 
detailed, injection moulded, separate sights, mounts etc 35p 


Whilst stocks last, greatly reduced. 

Tamiya GAZ 67B .. . 65p Tamiya Dingo 65p 

Tamiya Zundap 65p Nitti Kettenk 60p 

Italaerei PAK40 — 65p All 1/35 scale 


Arado 96, complete kit with decals £1.50 

Gannet AEW3 conv. 80p Vampire NF conv. 65p 


We now have stocks of the latest issue, vol. 3 No. 2. This 
issue covers the F100 with over 120 side views and drawings, 
plus the Ml 13 Carrier, Anti-G flight gear, US Army in Vietnam 
1969 . 90p. Also stocks ot Vol. 3 No. 1 are still available 

(Skyhawk issue) at 90p or £1.80 post free tor both. 


We have stocks of Metal toll aircraft skin. Gloss or Matt at 
45p per sheet. 


Day-glo decal, red or orange 25p 


Porsche 917-10 Martini 85p 

Aston Martin Ulster 85p 

Jaguar type SS/1 00 85p 

Bugatti type 59 85p 


Matchbox Hawk — 30p Chaffee 30p 

Mania 1/72 Type 99 Lilly £3.25 


B52 Stratotortress In Action £1.75 

A7 Corsair 11 In Action £1.75 

B24 Liberator In Action £1.75 

Panzer PzKpfw IV In Action £1.75 


1/72 scale conversions, injection moulded 

1 Phantom RF4B/C/E 60p 

2 Hunter T7 (loose packed) 60p 

3 Sea King radome, windows 25p 

4 Mosquito/Beaufighter radomes 25p 

5 HH3F Pelican radome, windows 30p 

6 Canberra TT19 radome 40p 


The Humbrol Modellers Air Brush Is a fully adjustable type 
airbrush with spare jar and air line £3.15 


For the month of February only we are ottering a discount of 
10% on the prices of all aircraft kits that were featured in our 
January 1976 advertisement from the following ranges: 
Hasegawa, Frog. Monogram, Italaerei, Contrail. Please add 
alternatives It possible 


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February 1976 


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AIRFIX magazine 


1 German E-boat 

2 Panavia MRCA 


CLOSELY following the introduction of the 
Vosper MTB is a new addition to the Airfix 
high speed boat range in 1:72 scale — the 
German E-Boat (Kriegsmarine Schnell- 
boot), which was well known for its hit and 
run forays against Allied shipping in the 
English Channel and the North Sea during 
World War 2. 

This powerful, heavily armed craft was 
developed by Germany along similar lines 
to those pioneered by the early British 
Coastal Motor Boat, but with the addition 
of many refinements. The most significant 
of these was the use of triple diesel engines 
as opposed to the unreliable, often 
dangerous petrol engine, together with a 
round bilge hull and a long low silhouette. 
Other modifications included a crew com- 
plement increased from 18 to 30; an engine 
capable of 40 knots and strengthened 
armament facilities. 

The E-Boat proved to be most beneficial 
when used for night attacks as its off-white 
finish afforded ideal night camouflage due 
to the phosphorescent nature of the sea, 
enabling mine laying operations as well as 
shipping attacks to take place more effec- 

Due to the versatility of the Airfix kit, the 
E-Boat can be constructed either as a 
waterline or a full hull model and, when 
completed, measures 17% inches. 247 
pieces produce this high speed torpedo 
boat which incorporates features such as 
opening torpedo tubes, both at the back 
and the front and full rigging diagrams of 

the wires and stays for the support mast. 

The kit comes with five crew figures, 
depth charges, a choice of authentic trans- 
fer sets, and a battle flag. Retail price is 


THE SWING-WING MRCA is the result of a 
combined effort between the United King- 
dom. Germany and Italy and is presently 
Europe’s most important military pro- 
gramme. Officially known as 'Tornado’, the 
MRCA was conceived in 1969 and is 
destined to replace RAF Vulcans and Can- 
berras in the strike and reconnaissance 
role, and later Buccaneers in the maritime 
strike role. 

Many special features have been incor- 
porated into the design of the MRCA which 
produce its outstanding performance and 

set it apart from other aircraft, especially 
the unique swing-wings which, unswept, 
facilitate the aircraft’s short take-off and 
landing properties and, in the fully swept 
position, allow for transonic low level, long 
distance missions. 

The aircraft's specially designed RB 199 
turbofan engine provides a Mach 2 perfor- 
mance at high altitude, while an advanced 
electronic system including a terrain fol- 
lowing radar and an automatic target 
acquisition and weapon aiming system for 
single pass strikes in any weather. 

Among the aircraft’s main functions will 
be the provision of close air support for 
ground forces, and the undertaking of 
long-range low level strikes, naval strikes, 
and interception and reconnaissance. 

This up-to-date Airfix kit pays special 
attention to the extraordinary details of the 
aircraft. The model is produced from 101 
parts and includes a fully detailed cockpit; 
adjustable sweep wings; moving elevators, 
and air brakes which have optional posi- 
tioning. A wide variety of armaments are 
also provided, the most notable being the 
new Cluster Bomb and the Martel missiles. 
Three sets of transfers come with the kit 
allowing the modeller to choose between 
the prototype MRCA or an aircraft from the 
RAF or German Navy. Retail price of the kit 
is 75p. 

February 1976 



Top right Messerschmitt Bf 109E on display 
inside the new wing of the RAF Museum. 
Above right Me 262 with dark green upper 
surfaces merging into light blue under sur- 
faces. Wk Nr 112372 in black on fin above 
tailplane. Swastika is dark olive. Code 'X' is 
red with thin white outline on fuselage in 
front of white outline cross. Right This Me 
41 OA was brought to Hendon from RAF 
Cosford. Mottled grey-green upper sur- 
faces with white rear fuselage band. For- 
ward code C' is red, rear 'C' is black. This 
code ‘CC’ is forward of the black cross on 
the starboard side of the fuselage. Below 
Rear view of the Ju 87D. Note the white 
tank on this side only of engine cowling. 
The aircraft has dark green upper surfaces 
with yellow rear fuselage band and light 
blue under surfaces. Fuselage code is 
RI+JK, with 'J' red and other letters black. 

AS PART OF the development programme of 
the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon, a 
new wing, known as the Dermot Boyle 
Wing, was opened by HRH the Prince of 
Wales on December 2 last. This has been 
designed with the intention of holding var- 
ious displays and exhibitions from time to 
time, and has cost over £200,000. The first 
such exhibition to be mounted is called 
'Wings of the Eagle' and portrays the 
development of German aviation from the 
1600s to the present day. 

The major part of the display consists of 
numerous photographs (and, for the early 
years, drawings) depicting significant air- 
craft and events, commencing with the 
various attempts and proposals at aviation 
in the 1680s. Then come the Lilienthal 
gliders in the 1890s, the Zeppelin airships 
of 1900, the first powered aircraft, and 
these then follow the course of German 
aviation through World War 1, the inter-war 
years, World War 2, and the post-war years, 
culminating in the MRCA. 

In addition there are several relics and 

nd and sea 

compiled by the editor 

other exhibits. These include fragments 
from a Zeppelin that was shot down over 
England, samples of fabric from Manfred 

von Richthofen’s Fokker Triplane and 
Gotha bombers, and aircraft machine-guns 
and bombs from both world wars. Also on 
show are uniforms (including that of Her- 
mann Goering), badges of rank, decora- 
tions, aircraft instruments, cameras and a 
number of aircraft models. 

Two engines are on view, a 1918 260 hp 
Mercedes and a 1941 BMW 801 D from a 
Fw 190A. Within the new wing are two air- 
craft, a Fokker D.VII and a Messerschmitt 
Bf 109E, and also on show is a Henschel 
Hs298 air-to-air radio-controlled missile. 

Displayed by the main entrance to the 
Continued on page 326 



The HawkerSiddeley Hawk has 
been selected by the RAFto replace 
the Gnat and Hunter in Training 
Command and will provide’all- 
through’jetflyingtrainingfrom the 
basic to the advanced stage. 

The Hawk’s first flight was on 
August 21, 1974 and it is proving to be 
a very successful design. It is a tandem 
two-seat low-wing monoplane 
powered by a single Rolls-Royce/ 
Turbomeca,Adour engine of 5,3401b. 
thrust. Production is under way with 
the RAF 

The Hawk has been designed 
with slow approach and landing 
speeds suitable for basic training, 
and high performance for advanced 

The Airfix kit of the Hawk is a 
superb replica and includes a detailed 

optional position air-brake, fully 
detailed undercarriage bay and a wide 
selection ofweaponsfortheground 
attack version. Decals are provided for 
an RAFgroundattackaircraftand 
alsoforthe development Hawkand a 
production RAFtrainer. 

For up to date news and details 
of Airfix modelsgetthe Airfix Magazine. 

Hawker SiddeleyHawk 
72nd Scale Series 3. 

New to the world’s biggest range 
of construction kits. 

iechnical Details 

Date of 

origin: 1974. 

Engine: One 5,3401b thrust 


Top speed: 535 knots. 


ceiling: 44,000ft. 



100 knots. 

Wingspan: 30ft. 10 in. 
Length: 39ft.2in. 

Height: 14 ft. 5 in. 



AIRFIX magazine 

February 1976 



-V OCT*, 

Continued from page 324 

museum are three more aircraft, a Ju 87D, 
Messerschmitt Me410A, and an Me 262, 
together with a VI and a V2. The exhibition 
is open until May 31, and admission costs 
20p for adults and lOp for children; the 
permanent museum display is of course 
free. The museum is open daily 10 to 6 and 
2 to 6 on Sundays. Following the German 
display it is planned to mount a presenta- 
tion on French aviation. 

Above HMS Ark Royal seen during the eight-nation NATO maritime exercise Ocean Safari 
1975' held in the Eastern Atlantic and Norwegian Sea last year. On board, securely lashed 
down, are Buccaneers and Phantoms. Taking part in the exercise were 65 ships and 17,000 
men from Canada, Denmark, West Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK and America. 
An uninvited participant was the Soviet Kresta II cruiser shown below (MoD). 

Continued on page 328 


AIRFIX magazine 

Three nations-U.K,Germanyand 
Italy-are combiningto produce this high 
performance aircraft 

Known officially as Tornado, the 
two seater M RCA will fulfil six major roles 
in the RAF, German and Italian air 
forces and the German navy. These are 
close air supportfor ground forces; low- 
range low level strike; naval strike; air 
superiority;interception and reconn- 

To design, develop and produce 
the MRCA, Pa navia was formed in March 
1969 by the three airframe companies, 
British Aircraft Corporation, 
Messerschmitt- Bolkow- Blohm and 
Aeritalia.Asimilararrangement exists 
for the advanced RB.199engine-the 
company Turbo-Union Limited being 
formed by Rolls-Royce Limited, Motoren 
and Turbinen Union and Fiat 

MRCAs operational flexibility 
results from a combination of variable 
geometry wings, the powerful RB.199 
turbofan engines and advanced elect- 
ronics. Unswept the swing-wings give the 
aircraft a short take-off and landingability, 
while in the fully swept position transonic, 


low-level, long distance missions can be 
made. Included in the electronics system 
is a terrain-following radar and an auto- 
matic target acquisition and weapon 
aiming system for single-pass attack in 
any weather-an important feature when 
flying strike missions in a hostile area. 

This Airfix kit faithfully reproduces 
the swing-wing principle of the real air- 
craft. It also has movable tailplanes and 
swivelling under-wingweapon pylons. 
Guided missilesandthe very latest 
cluster bombs are provided.Three sets 
of decals-second prototype, RAFand 
German navy are included. 

For up to date news and details of 
Airfix models get the Airfix Magazine. 

72nd Scale Series 4. 

New to the world’s biggest range 
of construction kits. 

Technical Details 

Date of 



Two 8,5001b thrust 



Top speed: 

Mach 2. 


Two 27mm 
cannon plus 
seven external 
weapon stations. 

(swept): . 

28ft. 2 in. 





54 ft. 10 in. 


18ft 8 in. 


February 1976 



MRCA Prototype 02, based at BAC Military 
Aircraft Division's Warton Aerodrome in 
Lancashire, and flown by Paul Millett, the 
Division's chief test pilot, seen during in- 
flight refuelling exercises with an RAF Vic- 
tor tanker. 

Continued from page 326 

HMS Antelope, second of the Royal Navy's 
new Type 21 frigates, pictured in the 
English Channel off the Isle of Wight. The 
tenth ship to bear the name, HMS Antelope 
was built by Vosper Thorneycroft, South- 
ampton, and was designed by them in con- 
junction with Yarrow Ltd. The Type 21 fri- 
gate represents a new generation of war- 
ships for the Royal Navy and incorporates 
many new features, including all-gas tur- 
bine propulsion machinery. They displace 
2,500 tons, have a length of 384 feet and a 
beam of 41 % feet. Their armament includes 
a new automatic rapid fire 4.5-inch gun and 
the Seacat close range anti-aircraft and 
surface-to-surface missile system (MoD). 


AIRFIX magazine 

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used MS as on Hornet F III MS:0-PX299 
MS was also carried by Mosquito T III 
MS:A-TW1 17 of the Station Flight Church 

MT 122 Squadron (c) 

Formed May 22 1941, the squadron 
successively flew Spitfire Is, lias, libs, Vbs, 
eg MT :E-BM252, IXs and LF Vbs. Received 
Mustang Ills in January 1944, eg MT:K- 
FB226, and used Mustang IVs, eg KM237, 
from May to August 1945. Between Feb- 
ruary and April 1946 it had a brief flirtation 
with the Spitfire 21 . Disbanded April 1 1946. 

By Michael J. F. Bowyer and John D. Rawlings 

MP 76 Squadron (c) 

Reformed May 1 1941 at Linton-on-Ouse 
from C’ Flight 35 Squadron. Equipped with 
Halifax Is, eg MP:L-L9530 missing 12/13 
August 1941, and also Mk lls. Mk Vs came 
into use from April 1943 to February 1944, 
eg MP:H-LK902. Used Halifax Ills February 
1944 to April 1945, eg MP:H-LK791, and 
then Mk Vis March to May 1945, eg MP:H- 
RG555. Squadron to Transport Command 
May 7 1945 and re-equipped with Dakotas, 
eg MP:S-KN559. Proceeded to India where 
it became 62 Squadron on September 1 

MQ 226 Squadron (c) 

Letters issued to squadron in September 
1939, used on Battles in France, eg MQ:J- 
K9182, and thereafter on Battles in 
Northern Ireland. Re-equipped with Blen- 
heim IVs in May 1941, eg MQ:A-V6510. 
Boston Ills began to replace these in 
November 1941, eg MQ:F-W8287, and from 
mid-1943 the squadron flew Mitchell lls, eg 
MQ:C-FL673, and later Mk Ills, eg MQ:Y- 
KJ561. Disbanded September 20 1945. 

MR 245 Squadron (c) 

At the start of the war the squadron 
adopted the letters DX but these com- 
promised the coding of 57 Squadron. No 
245's letters were changed in 1941 to MR 
when the squadron was then flying Hurri- 
canes, eg MR:M-BE496. Typhoons were 
received at the end of 1942 and retained 
until August 1945, eg MR:M-JP802, MR:J- 
MN371. These were replaced first by 
Meteor Ills, eg MR:Q-EE286 used August- 
October 1945; Mk IVs in 1948, eg MR:C- 
VT109; and Mk 8s, eg MR:E-WA836. 
Squadron colours were adopted in 1951. 
MS 273 Squadron (c) 

These letters were almost certainly intro- 
duced when the squadron was flying Hurri- 
canes in the Far East, and were subse- 
quently used on Spitfire Vllls, eg MS:S- 
MT793, and Mk XIVs, eg MS:F-RN218. 
Squadron disbanded January 31 1946. 

MS Station Flight Linton-on-Ouse (c) 

This unit and the Northern Sector Flight 

Top Stirling 1 MG:M-W7442 used by No 7 
Squadron in the late autumn of 1941 at 
Oakington. Behind stands a Wellington III 
of 101 Squadron, coded SR. Second A 
line-up of Spitfire Vcs of 126 Squadron at 
Luqa, October-November 1942 (C. R. Long 

- via J. D. R. Rawlings). Third Spitfire Vb 

- MN:E (?), possibly AA857, of 350 Squadron 
after being shot down during offensive 
operations. The serial appears in very small 
characters above the fin stripe. Fourth 
Halifax 1 MP-.L-L9530 of No 76 Squadron 
(IWM). Bottom Meteor III MR:Q-EE286 of 
245 Squadron. Initially used by 504 Squad- 
ron April 10 1945 until it was taken on 
charge by 245 Squadron on August 18 
1945. It was damaged in a flying accident 
on October 31 1945. Later it served with 
1335 Conversion Unit for a few days in 
January 1946. 

Modelling coastal 

Scenic structures for those refighting 
Operation Sealion by Terry Wise 

MU 60 Squadron (c) 

Letters worn on Blenheim Is September 
1939 to early 1942, eg MU.X-L8609. Later 
worn on Hurricanes, eg MU:T-HW788, and 
Thunderbolt lls, eg MU.M-KL187. Use 
relinquished when squadron adopted Spit- 
fire 18s in 1946, these carrying individual 
letters only. 

MV 231 Squadron (?) 

Letters long quoted for use by 231 Squad- 
ron, but no confirmation has ever come to 
hand. The squadron formed at Aldergrove 
on July 1 1940 using Lysanders. Toma- 
hawks were used April 1942 to May 1943, 
then Mustangs. It was disbanded January 
15 1944. 

MW 217 Squadron (c) 

Used between September 1939 and August 
1942, first on Ansons, eg MW.F-K8766, then 
on Beauforts, eg MW.N-L9764. 

MW 101 Squadron (c) 

After 21 7 Squadron left for the Far East MW 
became available for re-allocation. It was 
allotted to 101 Squadron for use by 'C' 
Flight, but no evidence has come to hand 
that it was ever displayed. 

MW 1641 Flight (c) 

Allocation confirmed, no details of use. 

MX 1653 Conversion Unit (c) 

A Liberator II was seen flying on January 1 
1942 coded MX:M. On January 9 1942, 1653 
CU officially formed at Polebrook and there 
is a possibility that this aircraft was on that 
unit s strength. The unit disbanded 
October 31 1942. 

MX 31 Fighter Group USAAC (c) 

Letters carried by Spitfire Vs of the 307th 
Pursuit Squadron August 1942 to October 

MX 78th Fighter Group USAAF (c) 

First used by P-47s then P-5 Is of the 82nd 
Fighter Squadron based at Duxford Feb- 
ruary 1943 to October 1945. 

MX Station Flight Glatton (c) 

Allocation confirmed, use not known. 

MY 278 Squadron (c) 

Formed as an Air-Sea Rescue squadron 
September 1941 and equipped with Lysan- 
ders, Walruses and Ansons. Later used 
Defiants and later Spitfire lies and Vs, Wal- 
ruses and Sea Otters. Examples Anson 
MY.A-EF985, Walrus MY:A-L2268, Spitfire 
lie MY :P-R6965 and Sea Otter MY.U- 

MZ 96 Bomb Group USAAF (c) 

Used on B-17s of 413 Bomb Squadron 
April 1943 to December 1945. 

MZ 83 OTU (?) 

Letters reported as worn by Wellingtons of 
this unit. 

M2 438 TCG USAAF (c) 

Carried by C-47s of 88 Troop Carrier 

M2 33 MU (c) 

Letters allocated to this unit, use not 


M3 452 Bomb Group USAAF (c) 

Allocated to 729th Bomb Squadron but 
never displayed during the war. Possibly 
used immediately after the war. 

M4 587 Squadron (c) 

Formed September 1944 and disbanded 
June 1946. An AAC squadron. Operated an 
assortment of types, eg Spitfire XVI M4 V- 
TB304, Oxford M4HN132, Harvard M4 R- 
FS767, Martinet M4:16-HP216, Hurricane 
1 M4 0 and Vengeance TT IV HB456. □ 

NO LARGE invading force had set foot on 
British soil since 1066 but during the last 
week of May and first weeks of June 1940, 
the people of Britain began to prepare for 
just such an invasion. They didn t know 
how the triumphant Luftwaffe and Wehr- 
macht were to be beaten by the defeated 
BEF and untrained Home Forces, with their 
limited and often obsolete equipment, yet 
few considered the alternative course — 
surrender. Everyone buckled down to 
work, preparing a resistance: everyone 
'mucked in'. 

By mid-July half the population of the 
East Anglian and Kentish coast towns had 
been evacuated to ensure the roads would 
be kept clear for the movement of reserves. 
To hinder access to beaches 100 miles of 
boom nets, supported by canvas tubes 
stuffed with kapok, were being laid, rein- 
forced by 80 miles of mines attached to 
wire stays. 70 miles of beach were being 
protected below high water mark by 
builders' scaffolding armed with mines and 
booby traps, and another 300 miles of scaf- 
folding and buried mines were being 
placed above high water mark. Sandbags, 
corrugated iron, and concrete pipe sec- 
tions set upright in the sand or shingle, 
were forming slit trenches for the doomed 
infantry guarding the water's edge. 

The roads leading inland were being 
barricaded and stocks of incendiary 
grenades and sticky bombs piled in likely 
places. Flame barrages and other petrol 
devices were being rigged to defend defiles 
from the beach or along roads. Demolition 
charges were being placed not only on port 
installations and bridges but also on rail- 
ways, telephone and radio communica- 
tions systems, and depots of food, petrol 
and ammunition. And yet all was not well. 

Many demolition charges which should 
have been placed and wired were not — in 
case of accidents. Coastal artillery was 
housed in ancient forts, or in simple sand- 
bag emplacements, exposed to strafing 
and dive-bombing. Some vital stretches of 
beach could only be guarded by Home 
Guard units, as yet not trained or properly 
equipped, and even some of the regular 
units on the coast had few Bren guns and 
relied mostly on their rifles. Ammunition 
was in short supply; anti-tank guns were 

very few and far between; the armour was 
scattered or concentrated in the wrong 
places. In July Britain was at her most 

In early July, the first possible date for an 
invasion and the one most likely to be 
chosen for a wargames campaign, the 
defences listed above were far from com- 
plete, particularly the beach defences, and 
the only effective fortifications likely to 
have faced the Wehrmacht were locally 
built pillboxes. In the summer of 1940 
preoccupation with aerial attack led to a 
mania for concealing these pillboxes in all 
manner of disguises: actual examples are 
illustrated and have been modelled to form 
isolated strongpoints against which it 
is hoped the Wehrmacht's spearpoint 
might be blunted during a wargames 
campaign. □ 

Below A square pillbox disguised as a 
crane guarding the entrance to an inner 
harbour. The sides look about 7 feet long, 
say 30 mm for the model. Parts, in 40 thou 
card, are three 30 mm squares (front, rear 
and roof); two 28 mm x 30 mm high (sides). 
Rear wall has a 25 mm x 10 mm doorway, 
shielded by an L-shaped barrier. Apertures 
are 12 mm x 5 mm, bottom edge 16 mm up 
from the base. Cement scraps of card 
inside to create splayed effect. Plastruct 
girders or parts from the Airfix Signal 
Gantry form the crane, which can be 
copied from these two photos. The 
counterweight box is 20 mm high by 16 mm 
wide by 12 mm deep. Grey paint was used 
since any attempt at camouflage would 
have drawn attention to the pillbox. 

February 1976 


AIRFIX magazine 




The hard hitting 

This is the F — 16, the air-to-air, air-to- 
ground fighter that four NATO 
countries have chosen to replace the 
Starfighter. And that unusual, stub- 
winged design represents the changing 
concepts of aerial warfare. It’s lighter 
than other aircraft, costs less— yet out- 
performs them all. Designed for air 
superiority and ground-attack 
missions, the F-16 will rule Europe’s 
skies well into the eighties. And 
Revell’s new 1/7 2nd scale 88-part kit 
gives you the detail behind that power. 
Nine built-in armament stores stations 
with a full load of bombs, fuel tanks, 
ECMs and Sidewinder missiles. The 
Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine in 
down-to-the-fuel-Iines detail. Full 
cockpit instrumentation. And there’s 
even a towing tractor with two ground 
crew figures. The RevelLF-16 really is 
quite a kit -and it’s in model stores 

the all 
I ftTn 1 1 ■ action 
IMSBIb range 

Fine model kits 



Snap -together 

Powerful and historic. That’s the USS 
Missouri, over 45,000 tons of heavily- 
armed Iowa class battleship, and the 
actual vessel on which the documents 
of Japanese surrender were signed jn 
Tokyo Bay. Completed in 1944-and 
still in reserve today-she saw action in 
two Iwo Jima landings and the 
bombardment of shore installations 
during the Korean War. They called 
her “Mighty Mo”, and Revell’s kit of 
this famous warship shows just why. 

It builds up into a 20” model which 
literally bristles with guns-nine 16 
inch, twenty 5 inch, eighty 40mm, 
fifty 20mm. And there’s so much 
down-to-the-seaplanes detail-even 
to a miniature replica of the plaque 
which commemorates the moment 
of Japan’s surrender. Yet another 
big-detail big-action kit from Revell - 
see them all in Revell's 1976 
Catalogue just 20p from most 
model stores. 

iBSSBSmm range 

The World’s largest manufacturer of 
plastic model kits. 

No cement needed, no painting 
necessary -you just snap this Sherman 
tank kit together, add the US Army 
markings and you’ve got a lifelike 
replica of a famous WWII fighting 
vehicle. And it acts like it as well! The 
turret swivels, the 75mm gun moves 
up and down, and there are two 
machine guns for extra fire power. It 
moves too-rumbling purposefully 
along on smooth, well-hidden wheels. 

Yes, its quite a kit, and so is the 
Revell German Panzer-the other new 
tank in this range. See them both at 
your nearest Revell stockist. And snap 
one together soon. 

There are over 260 all-action kits in 
the Revell range. Aircraft, ships, cars, 
motorbikes, dragsters and more 
besides. Lots of different prices, lots 
of different scales. Look them over at 
your model store today. 

IkhWI ™ action 
1999 m range 

Revell (GB) Limited, 
Cranborne Road, Potters Bar, 
Herts. EN6 3JX 

Above A false hut on a beach containing a rectangular pillbox, modelled in 40 thou card as 
shown below left. Pillbox walls 30 mm high by 40 mm wide; front and rear walls 30 mm high 
by 28 mm wide, fitting between sides. Apertures, doorway and L-shaped barrier as on 
previous page. Roof as Fig 2. Hut wall lengths shown by Fig 1. All are 31 mm high except the 
24 mm length (lean-to) which is 21 mm. 15 mm length of wall connecting lean-to to main 
building is angled along top edge from 31 mm to 21 mm. 15 mm x 10 mm windows coincide 
with pillbox apertures and may be boarded up or left open for firing. Roof: 20 mm wide by 56 
mm long for plain side, lean-to side the same same for the first 30 mm from front, then 36 
mm wide to cover lean-to Add microstrip as battens every 11 mm. Both parts placed on 
‘plank’ baseboard, 60 mm x 65 mm. Fencing 10 mm high from spares box. Baseboard, with 
locating frame over which pillbox clips, enables figures to be placed inside building without 
losing position on the wargames table. 

Below Railways were a vital communications system in 1940 and rapid movement of the 
British reserves, especially the armour, depended on them. Dummy buffers, such as are 
shown in this photo, offered good opportunities for bunkers. Above right The model on the 
left is 70 mm x 35 mm x 20 mm high. Tube and punched discs for buffers. Card framework, 
and Plastruct I girders for old rail lengths, and Mod Roc to cover all as if with earth. The 
model on the right is basically the same idea but from Airfix station platform parts. Cut a 10 
mm x 5 mm aperture in the end wall before assembly. The cut-out is held in place by card 
splays for the aperture. Buffers as before. This sort of ramp would be vital for leading tanks 
on and off railway flatcars. 

H nrrrr**r 

Fig 3 Dimensions for end walls of dummy 
house concealing a 6-inch naval gun as 
described on page 334. 

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Above left Dummy house of canvas and 
wood on a factory site, concealing a 6-inch 
naval gun. Left Three views of completed 
model, and gun construction. Model is 
from brick and tile card on a 30 thou back- 
ing, overall size 100 mm x 40 mm x 30 mm 
high (70 mm for gun room, 30 mm for 
ammo room, divided by a partition wall 
with doorway). End walls as Fig 3 on page 
332. Rear walls 30 mm x 100 mm with 10 
mm x 25 mm doorway for each room. 
Front wall 10 mm high for 70 mm, then 30 
mm for front of ammo room, with dummy 
door. Gun is Airfix 5.5-inch with recoil 
buffers removed and 12 mm of same 
cemented along each side of barrel. Shield 
made as Fig 4 above. Gun mounted on 32 
mm disc of 40 thou card, rotating on 37 mm 
square of card. False front panel, detach- 
able, is 70 mm x 20 mm with two dummy 
windows. Roof is two 104 mm x 24 mm 
pieces capped by chimneys of balsa and 

Fig 6 


Making a model shed to conceal a Lewis AA gun. The model is 50 mm square by 15 mm high 
with a 49 mm square floor and 10 mm doorway. Front and rear roof parts as Fig 5, the two 
top halves as Fig 6. Beams to swing roof are 40 mm lengths of thick card. Overlapping 
lengths of microstrip were used to conceal roof joints. Hinges are Sellotape. Lewis gun was 
a plastic tube on a sprue mount. 

Adding detail to 
HMS Apollo 

The penultimate ‘Leander’ described and 
photographed by Paul E. Beaver 

THE GOOD SEAKEEPING ability of the 'Lean- 
der' Class general purpose frigate has been 
a feature which has made these vessels the 
largest warship class in the Royal Navy 

since World War 2. 26 'Leanders' can be 
modelled from Airfix's 1:600 scale kit 
because 26 'Leanders' have been commis- 
sioned in the Fleet from HMS Leander in 

March 1963 to HMS Ariadne in December 
1972. Also a number of Foreign and 
Commonwealth Navies have bought the 

HMS Apollo (F70) was commissioned in 
May 1972 and carries the same weaponry 
as her forerunners although the last ten 
'Leanders' have a beam some 1.5 m wider 
than the first 16; HMS Apollo is the 
penultimate 'Leander'. 

New weapon systems such as Ikara and 
Seawolf are now being fitted to some of the 
older ships in the class. 

During her service to date Apollo has 
visited many parts of the world including 

Top of page HMS Apollo on left berthed next to HMS Londonderry of the Rothesay' Class. 
Both vessels have similar dimensions, the former being developed from the latter. Left 
Foremast and bridge detail looking aft from foredeck. Note aerials, radars and director. 
Above Deck detail right forward. Note capstans painted red/white, white bollards and 
fairleads. Deck itself is dark green. 


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The view from the Flight deck looking forward. Note especially the Seacat launcher and 
director on top of the hangar, also Flight deck floodlights and whip aerials. 

most of the NATO countries, being in Nor- 
way during the summer. This Clyde-built 
ship (motto ‘Strong and Kind') is the ninth 
Apollo in the Royal Navy and at the moment 
is Portsmouth based and serves with F4 
squadron; hence the red '4' on her funnel. 
She also wears the black funnel topping of 
a Leader. 

Her Wasp helicopter is coded 470 at the 
present time and its pilot can recognise his 
ship by the flight deck code of AP. 

Technical data: Length 113.4 m; Beam 14 
m; Cruising speed 30 knots; Range 4,500 
naut miles at 12 knots; Displacement 2,450 
tonne (standard), 2,860 tonne (maximum). 

Armament: Seacat AAM launcher for 
anti-ship and anti-aircraft defence; Wasp 
HAS 1 with homing torpedoes or missiles; 
Two 114 mm (4.5-inch) general purpose 
guns; Limbo AS mortar aft; and two 20 mm 
Oerlikon guns. 

Sensors: Radars include Types 995, 993, 
978, 903, 262; Sonars include Types 171 
and 184 plus a Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) 
Type 199. 

Colour scheme 

Mid-grey Superstructure, hull, turret, 
breakwater, fittings including winches, 

anchor and mortar, deck plates under 
anchor cables. Dark grey Flight deck 
(mortar well to hangar). Dark green Deck- 
ing, bridge top, starboard navigation light, 
mortar well. Black Funnel cap, back of 
foremast, band on front of foremast, boot 
topping, gun barrels, signal lamps, search- 
lights, bridge windows, Gemini. White 
Bollards, fairleads, capstans (red/white 
striped) on foredeck, cables, liferafts, Dory, 
deck and cabins of boats, under waterline 
of boats. Dark blue Boats above waterline, 
Bosun dinghy, Seacat missile bodies. Red 
Seacat missile noses, port navigation light, 
base of whip aerials, ‘4‘ on funnel. Yellow 
VDS buoys, Seacat launcher boss. Silver 
114 mm gun muzzles. Bronze Propellers. 
Brown Ensign staff and jackstaff. 

Wasp helicopter Dark blue overall, black 
rotors and wheels, yellow rotor tips, white 
lettering ROYAL NAVY and 470 on fuselage 
and HMS APOLLO and 470 on nose, stan- 
dard FAA roundels, red danger panel near 


Airfix Magazine Guide 7: Warship Model- 
ling, by Peter Hodges (section on model- 
ling ‘Leander’ Class frigates) and Navy 
News, August 1975. □ 

20 mm Oerlikon GP gun, starboard mounting. Gun is mid-grey with black breech and barrel. 
Note black funnel cap denoting a Leader. 

Zouave in 

Another colourful conversion usi 
parts from Martin Windrow and 

THE EARLY YEARS of the US Civil War were 
rendered more colourful than might other- 
wise have been the case by the widespread 
popularity — on both sides of the Mason- 
Dixon line — of extravagant uniform styles 
inspired by France's North African troops. 

France was, in the years before the Ann6e 
Terrible of 1870, the most chic military 
power in the world, and imitation of zouave 
and chasseur a pied dress and drill was a 
feature of the numerous volunteer militia 
companies from which both Union and 
Confederacy drew the bulk of their armies. 

It had previously been assumed that these 
eccentric uniforms quickly wore out, to be 
replaced by ordinary Government issue; 
but further research now indicates that in 

Civil War 
54 mm 

ng Airfix and Historex 

Gerry Embleton 

many cases they were jealously preserved 
throughout the great part of the war. 

One unit to cling to its distinction was the 
5th New York, Duryee's Zouaves', a regi- 
ment which served with great success 
alongside regular infantry in Sykes' Divi- 
sion of the V Corps of the Union Army. At 
Gaines' Mill, while suffering heavy losses 
under fire, it attracted attention by calmly 
‘counting off and re-dressing to take up 
the gaps in its ranks. 

The conversion described in this article 
is rather more demanding than those 
covered in previous months, but while it 
may be a bit challenging for the younger 
modeller it opens up a number of possibili- 
ties for the more experienced. The effect 

we are trying to achieve is very like that 
illustrated in the accompanying painting of 
the 146th New York: structurally, our model 
differs from the painting only in that the 5th 
New York wore a sash with a stiffly braided 
end hanging down the front of the left 
thigh; that — like all zouaves when on 
campaign — our model has stowed away 
the white turban wound around the soft fez 
when on parade; and in button detail. 
Head Use any well-moulded one you like, 
but those from the new Airfix 8th Army 
Multipose set are especially good and have 
usefully long necks. Make the fez from 
body putty or carve it from scrap plastic. 
The tassel in our model was cut down from 
a French Napoleonic plume from the His- 
torex spares range, mounted on a bit of 
stretched sprue. 

Torso The Historex range includes a 
torso wearing a French stable-jacket over a 
waistcoat, the jacket buttoned at the throat 
and falling open lower down. This is our 
basis. Carve the skirts of the jacket shorter 
and round the front corners. Open the 
throat a little, and cut down the collar until 
you achieve the shape illustrated. Carve 
and file the now-exposed lower part of the 
waistcoat into a sash. Remove all buttons 
except a single one at the throat of the 
waistcoat — which has now become a 
shirt, of course. Add the hanging sash end 
from plastic card. 

Legs are from two sources. The baggy 
saroual trousers are carved down from the 
Historex Mameluke legs, and cut off below 
the knee. The calf-length gaiters come 
from any pair of gaitered legs you like, 
from the spares box. There is really nothing 
more to say about this operation — the 
details of carving and matching must be up 
to the individual. 

Arms are up to you, as long as they have 
wrist-length sleeves and match the torso in 
size; position depends on the chosen 

Equipment This comprises a cartridge 
pouch on a waist-belt which also supports 
a cap-pouch and bayonet scabbard, and a 
haversack on the left hip. The belt and 
haversack strap are made in the usual way 
from the plastic card provided with Airfix 
figure kits. The conventional socket 
bayonet in its scabbard is from the Airfix 
spares box, mounted at a slight angle on 
the left hip. Its attachment to the belt is 
covered by the haversack, made here from 
a carved chunk of soft scrap plastic, with a 
Historex buckle and strap-end. The cap- 
pouch on the right front of the belt is the 

Right Front and 
rear braiding detail 
of 5th NY Zouave 
jacket. Note line of 
braid around 
shoulders. Left 
Rough sketch of 
trouser pocket 
braid, outside right 
leg shown here. 
Haversack and 
bayonet will prob- 
ably obscure left 

Zouave of 146th NY. Red fez and tassel, 
white turban, light blue shirt, jacket and 
trousers with yellow braid, white gaiters, 
black leather equipment, red sash. 

central section of the Airfix 95th Rifleman's 
bullet pouch, carved down. The cartridge 
box worn behind the right hip is from the 
spares box; any Airfix or Historex spare will 
do, with an oval plate added to the flap. 

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This, and the main belt buckle, are shaved 
slices from a piece of sprue filed to shape. 
The rifle-musket, if used, can be repre- 
sented fairly well by judicious carving 
around the lock area of a French Napo- 
leonic musket. We used a tin plate from the 
marvellous Historex sprue of plates, pots, 
cups and cauldrons; and a Bowie knife 
filed from an Airfix Afrika Korps bayonet. 
The pose selected may be described, 
perhaps, as: ‘To you it may be stew, buddy; 
but to me it’s still mule!’. 


Fez Red, bright azure blue tassel and stem. 
Shirt Dark blue, single brass button at 
neck, strip or red braid around collarfess 
neck and down front join. Jacket Dark 
blue, red braiding as line drawing herewith. 
Trousers Red, azure blue pocket piping on 
outside of thigh as in photos. Sash Red, 
azure blue stripes top and bottom, azure 
blue triangle on hanging end, as photo. 
Gaiters White. Belt, cartridge pouch, 
cap-pouch, bayonet scabbard, boots 
Black leather effect. Belt and pouch-lid 
plates Brass. Haversack and strap Gloss 
black (tarred cloth) effect. (NB Various ver- 
sions of this uniform have been illustrated, 
differing in minor details; here we have fol- 
lowed the researches of the American artist 
George Woodbridge, a more recent source 
than the others generally quoted.) 

Alternative suggestions 

The basic shape having been mastered, 
Civil War zouaves of many colour-schemes 
can be produced. The accompanying illustra- 
tion of the 146th NY suggests one alterna- 
tive, but there are others equally colourful. 
The new Blandford title Uniforms of the 
American Civil War, by Haythornthwaite 
and Chappell, offers a feast of reference. Of 
interest are the 9th New York zouaves, in 
dark blue and purple, illustrated as Plate 19 
of that book; the 1 14th Pennsylvania (Plate 
26); the Maryland Guard Zouaves (Plate 
52); and of course the famous Louisiana 
Tigers and Zouaves (Plates 54, 55). Each of 
these will present the modeller with differ- 
ent minor problems to be mastered, but all 
are quite possible with available Airfix and 
Historex bits and pieces. An extremely 
attractive chasseur uniform is that worn by 
the 14th New York Volunteers, a sergeant 
being illustrated in colour on the front 
cover of this magazine. Note that the 
jacket, round-bottomed with a false strip of 
shirt showing at the front and with three 
close-set rows of buttons, may be made 
without too much trouble from the Airfix 
Rifleman's coatee suitably carved about. 
The kepi is easy to make from body putty, 
using a Rifleman's shako peak as a basis. 
The trefoil shoulder knots are tricky, but if 
unable to lay your hands on a suitable His- 
torex spare they can be made from thin 
fuse wire in the same sort of way as the 
18th Century knot described in our conver- 
sion article on the Brunswick von Earner 
jager a few months ago. 

Other references which may be useful 
are The American Civil War by C. J. Hunt 
and G. A. Embleton, Almark; The Army of 
the Potomac and The Army of Northern 
Virginia, by P. R. N. Katcher, Osprey; and 
Military Dress of North America 1665-1970, 
by yours truly, Ian Allan Ltd — to whom cur 
thanks .for permission to reproduce the 
colour plate on the cover. 

Michael J. F. Bowyer 

Army-air col 

Part 5 — Enter the Blenheim 

THE NAME Bristol Blenheim inevitably con- 
jures the image of a day bomber often emp- 
loyed in a formation attack role, successor 
to the Hawker Hart and Hind and an aero- 
plane which bore the brunt of much fight- 
ing in the first two years of the war. This 
picture is not entirely true, for the Blenheim 
was as much a reconnaissance aircraft as 
anything else. Indeed, during the so-called 
'phoney war' — anything but 'phoney' for 
the Blenheim crews — Blenheims operated 
mainly in a reconnaissance role. Coastal 
Command made much use of Blenheims as 
fighters and reconnaissance aircraft, and 
Bomber Command used them for strategic 
reconnaissance for which purpose they 
found initial employment in the army co- 
operation squadrons. 

A major failing of the Blenheim 1 was 
that its short nose permitted a poor view for 
the pilot. Bristol, asked to improve this, first 
lengthened the nose whilst retaining its 
contours. Then the upper line of the for- 
ward portion of the nose in which the 
observer/navigator was placed was low- 
ered, but still the pilot's view remained 
restricted. Finally, a groove was cut in the 
port side of the nose giving the pilot a bet- 
ter view ahead. This version was desig- 
nated Mk IV. 

From inception this machine was to 
serve as a reconnaissance bomber, a use- 
ful interim type for maritime work until later 
aircraft types became available as well as 
for army co-operation duties. Bomber 
Command already had a Blenheim 1 force. 
Therefore the Mk IV was initially issued to 
replace the aged Hectors of Nos 53 and 59 
Squad rons. 

First to be equipped was No 53 Squadron 
(unit letters TE) at Odiham where L4835, 
the first Blenheim IV to enter squadron ser- 
vice, was received on January 19 1939. The 
squadron was fully equipped by early 
March 1939, examples being TE.G-L4837 
and TE:Q-L4840. Between March and June 
1939 No 59 Squadron (PJ) equipped at 

Andover with Blenheim IVs. Both squad- 
rons had reformed in June 1937 to operate 
for the army in a night reconnaissance role 
using flares. The Hector was quite unsuited 
to this somewhat sophisticated task, hence 
re-equipment with the most advanced form 
of Blenheim immediately it became avail- 

Work up was slow. Aircrew were at first 
attached to bomber squadrons for conver- 
sion, and in the case of No 59 Squadron 
this had begun in December 1938. But even 
by September 1939 the squadron was not 
operational in its difficult task. Indeed, the 
last Hector did not leave that squadron 
until September 28 1939. By then the two 
army co-operation Blenheim squadrons 
had been committed to the Field Force of 
the Air Component of the Eritish 
Expeditionary Force. France. 

Part of the problem lay in crew training. 
The pilot had an additional job to flying the 
machine for it was his task to make visual 
reconnaissance, send radio reports and 
receive radio messages in return. The 
Sergeant/Observer positioned in the nose 
of the Blenheim served as navigator, oper- 
ated the camera and assisted in visual 
reconnaissance as well as handling some 
of the radio communications. The air gun- 
ner was also a radio operator and it was his 
task to keep the radio set tuned for the job. 
Team work was essential, and for night 
operations the training needed was lengthy. 

On September 1 1939 the first elements 
of No 59 Squadron set out for France sail- 
ing from Southampton on the famous 
Royal Daffodil. They established camp at 
Poix where No 53 Squadron arrived a few 
weeks later. Strategic reconnaissance pat- 
rols for Army GHQ over areas well behind 
the Siegfried Line began in October in the 
case of No 53 Squadron, later in the case of 
No 59, which is believed to have flown its 
first night reconnaissance sortie, to the 
Cologne area, on April 1 1940. 

The strength of the Blenheim comple- 

Among the Blenheim Is of 57 Squadron which went to France in 1939 was L1145, seen here 
in 1938 before the adoption of Type B roundels and unit letters. The fin still carries 57 
Squadron's badge. The aircraft was lost in France in May 1940 (B. C. Morrison). 


The first major revision of the Blenheim was the Bolingbroke 1 which resembled the Blenheim 1 but with a nose transparency sited further 
forward. The pilot's view was not good enough. 

ment in the Air Component was increased 
when home-based No 2 Group was re- 
organised at the start of the war. No 70 
Wing at Upper Heyford was in the process 
of re-equipping its Blenheim IVs, but 
before this could be fully implemented they 
were switched to Field Force France. Dur- 
ing September 1939 No 18 Squadron 
moved to Beauvraignes and No 57 to 
Roye/Amy. In October they took up new 
stations, No 18 at Meharicourt and No 57 at 
Rosieres-en-Santerre, bases in use until 
May 1940. Both squadrons were equipped 
with Mk Is until March 1940 when Mk IVs 
replaced them. 

The Blenheims of Nos 18, 53, 57 and 59 
Squadrons proceeded to France in their 
pre-war colours of Dark Green and Dark 
Earth with black under surfaces. Type B 
roundels were worn until late 1939 when 
Type A roundels were applied to the fusel- 
age sides and beneath the wing tips. The 
camouflage colouring, unsuitable for day- 
light operations, was retained until Sky 
under surfaces were gradually applied to 
most aircraft during the early weeks of 

1940. In the case of the Blenheim IVs of Nos 
18 and 57 Squadrons, these wore Sky 
under surfaces from their introduction to 
the squadrons. The Sky shade applied in 
France was probably mixed in the field, for 
it was a shade of pale greyish-blue not at all 
like that worn by the Blenheims of Nos 114 
and 139 Squadrons painted at Wyton and 
Heston late 1939 which was of a greenish 
shade. Squadron letters (unit lettering aft) 
was a medium shade of grey. Fin stripes of 
varying styles, and yellow surrounds to 
fuselage roundels, were added around the 
time of the opening of the battle for France. 
As with other squadrons in France, the 
Blenheim units exhibited a variety of sizes 
and styles of national identity markings. 
Some aircraft, in keeping with those of 2 
Group, had their under surfaces brought 
some way up the fuselage sides and 
terminated in broad wavy lines. Sky trim on 
the noses of the Blenheims varied too. 

Back up for crew training was the task of 
the School of Army Co-operation. At first a 
few Blenheims trickled into the SAC at Old 
Sarum, but a change of policy sent them to 

a twin-engined training echelon at Andover 
which for a few weeks was known as 
‘School of Army Co-Operation No 22 Group 
Pool'. Bomber and Fighter Commands 
operated Group Pools through which air- 
crew passed for operational training after 
their periods at Flying Training Schools. No 
Group Pool existed in 22 Group, and the 
twin-engined training school at Andover 
was renamed No 2 School of Army Co- 
operation in which all Blenheim training 
was centred. Following the fall of France 
this unit which became No 6 Operational 
Training Unit concentrated on training 
crews for Coastal Command. 

Operational employment of the Blen- 
heims in France was spasmodic. Their 
main task was to obtain photo and visual 
reconnaissance of enemy land forces 
behind the front lines. Operations for No 57 
Squadron began on October 13 1939 when 
Wing Commander H. A. M. Day and crew in 
L1 138 were sent to view road and rail activ- 
ity in the Hamm-Soest area and failed to 
return. The same day L1 147 was ordered to 
the Munster-Bremen area. Weather was 

K7072 was subsequently further modified by having the pilot's windscreen brought closer to his position, and the nose scalloped 
ahead of the pilot. This version became the Blenheim IV,- a variant of the aircraft which was looked upon more as a reconnaissance 
machine than a bomber. 

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February 1976 




Above Photographs of the reconnaissance Blenheims in France seem never to have 
materialised, but this picture of two bombers of 139 Squadron gives some indication of their 
appearance in early 1940. Under surfaces are Sky with slight differences in demarcation 
with the upper surface camouflage, clearly evident on the noses of these two machines. 
(IWM). Below The fate of many of the Blenheims remains obscure. The end of Mk IV L9248, 
DX coding identifying 57 Squadron, can be seen here. Sky under surfaces terminate in a 
wavy line, the fin striping is clear. Also in the graveyard are Morane Saulnier MS 406s, whilst 
a Bf 109 above flaunts its ascendancy (via J. Goodwin). 

Blenheim squadrons on Army Co-operation Command and the Air 
Component 1939-1940 

poor and the aircraft ran out of fuel and 
crash-landed in England. Three days later 
L1 141 sent to the Wesel-Bocholt-Essen 
area did not return and probably fell to 
enemy fighters. On October 30 a recon- 
naissance of the Siegfried Line was 
attempted by L1 139, then by L1 146 which 
was attacked by Bf 109s and returned dam- 
aged to Orly. 

Few operations were flown in November 
but they cost two Blenheims. Three sorties 
over the Siegfried Line were undertaken in 
December and a few sorties in January 
1940 when LI 280 was shot down over 
Germany. Only two sorties were flown in 
February after which operations were 
halted until May 1940 since conversion to 
Blenheim IVs was to take place. The vol- 
ume of operations was similar for the other 

The intensity of action in May 1940, and 
its rapid movement, put the Blenheim 
squadrons at great disadvantage. Their 
bases were heavily raided. Retreat was 
soon forced upon them. What was needed 
by the BEF was fast, accurate reconnais- 
sance of the enemy advance, not strategic 
reconnaissance of rear positions for which 
the Blenheim force was trained. In the 
former role the Lysanders were employed 
to a limited extent and the Blenheims' 
employment by day resulted in a high attri- 
tion rate. 

Between May 10 and 19 the fully commit- 
ted four squadrons saw much action 
despite the high risk involved by lone bom- 
bers in fighter zones. Activities of the 
squadrons are sparsely recorded any- 
where, many records being lost in the 
evacuation from France. Thus it would be 
most interesting to hear from any readers 
who served with the squadrons at this time. 

No 59 Squadron was in action from May 
10 when TR:I-N6169 flown by Flying Officer 
H. F. Wood reconnoitered the Maastricht 
bridges and crossing points over the Turn- 
hout Canal. For safety he hedge-hopped 
home. Another sortie to the same targets 
came next day, and L4856 operated over 
south Holland, The dangers inherent in 
such operations were brought out on May 
16 when N6168 operated in the Louvain 
area. Flak was encountered, then Hurri- 
canes, mis-identifying the Blenheim, fired 
upon it. N6168 landed wheels up and with 
flaps out of action. 

Some brief attempt was made to use the 
Blenheims as close support/tactical bom- 
bers when on May 17 No 59 Squadron was 
alerted to bomb transport on the 
Cambrai-Le Cateua road. The crews were 
recalled and only one bombed. 

On May 19 the four squadrons began to 
return to Britain. No 59 soon resumed 
operations from Hawkinge, using aircraft 
including TR:D-R3664, TR:B-L8790, 

TR:M-L8793 and TR:P-T2815. From R3664 
Flying Officer J. F. H. Peters observed the 
Dunkirk evacuation on May 28. Anti-aircraft 
fire hurled the aircraft onto its back. Two of 
the crew jumped clear then the observer 
drifted into enemy hands. As the pilot para- 
chuted down shots entered his parachute 
before he was rescued and brought home 
by sea. A few sorties were flown from 
French airfields after the BEF had been 
snatched from Dunkirk. 

For the Blenheim squadrons, as with the 
Lysander squadrons, the campaign for 
France had proven a disaster. 

18 Squadron (unit letters WV). Moved from Upper 
Heyford to Beauvraignes in September 1939. To 
Mdharicourt October 1939. To Guyancourt, Cr6cy 
in May 1940. Left for England May 19 1940 and 
re-joined 2 Group at Watton. 

53 Squadron (unit letters PZ). Moved from 
Odiham to Poix October 1939. Retired to Cr6cy in 
May 1940 and returned to Lympne May 20. Based 
at Gatwick in June 1940, to Coastal Command 
July 3 1940. 

57 Squadron (unit letters DX). Moved from Upper 
Heyford to Roye/Amy September 24 1939. To 
Rosieres-en-Santerre October 17 1939, to Poix 
May 18 1940 (via Cr6cy). Left for England May 19 
1940. Rejoined 2 Group at Wyton May 22 1 940. 
59 Squadron (unit letters TR). Moved from 
Andover to Poix September 1939. Returned to 
England May 23 1 940 via Cr6cy and was then 
based at Lympe. Operated from Eastchurch in 
May 1940 and was based at Odiham in June 1940. 
Transferred to Coastal Command in July 1940. 

Bristol Blenheims used by Army Co-operation 
Squadrons and the Air Component (Field Force) 
between January 1939 and 30 June 1940. 

18 Squadron. Aircraft used between 1 .9.39 and 19 

May 1940: Mk 1: L1 161 off charge 5.40, 1261 till 

18.10.39, LI 405 9.3.39-FTR 10.5.40, L1407 till 

4.1 1 .39, LI 41 0 crashed at Raeren, Belgium 3.1 .40, 
LI 405 SOC 11.39, LI 425 till 29.3.40, LI 427 till 

21.3.40, LI 430 till 2.3.40, L1435 CDBR 8.11.39, 
LI 438 till 22.8.40, LI 444 crashed 25.2.40, LI 445 
left in France. L6757 till 4.2.40, L6787 till 11.3.40, 
L6785 till 13.2.40, L6788 till 30.11.39, L6800 till 

30.3.40, L6809 till 28.11.40, L6811 till 16.4.40, 
L6812 till 10.8.40. 

Mk IV: L8860 9.3.40 - FTR 10.5.40, L8861 9.3.40 - 
FTR 30.5.40, L8862 15.3.40 - 4.7.40, L8863 

20.3.40 - ?, L8864 12.3.40 - 20.5.40, L8866 4.3.40 - 
SOC 8.40, L8875 4.3.40 - left in France, L9185 

1.4.40 - FTR 2.5.40, L9186 13.3.40 - lost in France, 
L9190 27.2.40 - 6.3.40, L9191 13.2.40 - lost in 
France, L9254 15.3.40 - lost in France, L9255 

1.4.40 - FTR 10.5.40, L9257, L9325 8.5.40 - FTR 

21.5.40, L9472 13.5.40 - FTR 8.8.40, L9473, R3590 

15.4.40 - FTR 12.5.40, R3732 16.5.40 - 23:5.40, 
R3733 16.5.40 - 6.7.40. 

53 Squadron. Aircraft used between 19.1.39 and 
22.5.40: Mk IV: L4835 19.1.39 - 24.7.39, L4836 

Continued on page 342 


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15.2.39 - crashed 14.3.39, L4837 16.2.39 - 17.4.39, 
L4838 16.2.39 - 17.4.39, L4839 16.2.39 - 9.40, 
L4840 16.2.39 - 21.10.39, L4841 18.2.39 - FTR 

19.5.40, L4842 23.2.39 - FTR 17.5.40, L4813 

23.2.39 - FTR 17.5.40, L4815 2.3.39 - 30.11.39, 
L4817 3.3.39 - 26.9.40, L4849 6.3.39 - 17.8.40, 
L4850 10.3.39 - accident 23.5.40, L4851 10.3.39 - 

28.10.39, L4852 8.3.39 - 16.5.40, L4854 9.6.39 - 

28.10.39, L4862 30.11.39 - destroyed by bombing 

10.5.40, L4864 21.3.39 - ?, L8868 ? - FTR 27.5.40, 
L8864 27.5.40 - 30.5.40, L9190 6.3.40 - lost in 
France, L9238 15.5.40 - 1140, L9244 15.3.40 - 

29.11.40, L9266, L9325 1.3.40 - 16.4.40, L9329 ? - 
FTR 5.40, L9330 22.2.40 - lost in France, L9331 

22.2.40 - lost in France, L9332 12.3.40 - crashed 

13.5.40, L9399 12.3.40 - FTR 16.5.40, L9470, 
L9471 28.5.40 - lost in action, P6922 25.3.40 - 

2.4.40, P6926 25.3.40 - 2.4.40, P6926 25.3.40 - FTR 

14.5.40, P6928 26.3.40 - 27.3.40, R3596 10.5.40 - 
lost in action 22.5.40, R3633 12.4.40 - 16.5.40, 
R3634 11.4.40- 15.5.40. 

57 Squadron. Aircraft used between 1.9.39 and 
22.5.40: Mk I: L1 1 13 22.8.39 - 16.10.39, L1 117 

22.8.39 - 18.10.39, L1 136, L1 137 2.4.38 - 3.3.40, 
L1 138 4.4.38 - FTR 13.10.39. L1 139 5.4.38 - ?. 
L1 140 5.4.38 - 10.2.40, L1 141 6.4.38 - FTR 

16.10.39, L1 142 7.4.38 - ?, L1 145 9.4.38 - lost in 
France, L1 147 11.4.38 - written off after opera- 
tional sortie 13.10.39, L1148 13.4.38 - FTR 

16.10.39, L1 149 13.4.38- 5.40, L1171 9.8.39 - lost 
in action. L1180 14.10.38 - FTR 16.11.39, L1280 
14.10.38 - FTR 25.1.40, L1319 14.10.38 - 22.2.40, 
LI 325 31.3.39 - FTR 16.11.39, L1331 30.11.39 - 

21.3.40, LI 333 30.11.39 - ?. L6793 11.12.39 - 

9.3.40, L6795 11.12.39 - 4.1.40, L6796 21.12.39 - 

19.4.40, L8597 19.11.39 - 2.4.40. 

Mk IV: L9027 9.7.40 - 3.12.40, L9183 25.4.40 - 

1 2.40, L91 84 21 .3.40 - FTR 22.5.40, L9245 1 6.3.40 - 
lost in France, L9297 20.3.40 - 20.5.40, L9248 

26.1.40 - lost in France, L9249 27.3.40 - 20.3.40, 
L9325 16.4.40 - 8.5.40, L9465 11.4.40 - FTR 

14.4.40, P6928 9.4.40 - 8.40, P6930 27.3.40 - FTR 

13.5.40, P6931 5.4.40 - 20.5.40, P6933 22.4.40 - 

20.5.40, R3595 10.4.40 - lost in France. R3598 

11.4.40 - FTR 25.5.40. 

59 Squadron. Aircraft used between 3.39 and 
6.40: Mk IV: L4855 2.6.39 - 23.5.40, L4856 22.5.39 - 
lost in France, L4857 22.5.39 - lost in France, 
L4858 1 8.5.39 - 22.5.40, L4859 1.6.39 - lost in 
France, L4850 1 .6.39 - lost in France, L4861 1 .6.39 
lost in France, L4862 20.3.39 - 30.11.39, L4863 

20.3.39 - crashed 19.5.39, L9266 - ? - FTR 22.5.40, 
L9463 11.4.40 - 11.40, N6164 9.6.39 - lost in 
France, N6167 25.5.39 - lost in action 16.5.40, 
N6169 28.5.39 - lost in France, N6170 26.5.39 - 

10.4.40, N6172 26.5.39 - 22.5.40, N6173 26.5.39 - 
FTR 14.5.40, N6179 (TR:D) 29.6.39 - 17.4.40, 
P6922 2.4.40 - 10.4.40, R3613 23.5.40 - FTR 


School of Army Co-operation, Old Sarum. Air- 
craft used 1939-40: Mk 1 : L1322 15.9.39 - 4.12.40. 
Mk IV: L4837 28.10.39 - 17.5.40, L4845 2.12.39 - 

14.6.41, L4851 28.10.39-14.6.41, P6896 25.10.39- 

6.3.40, P6899 25.10.39 - SOC 13.1.40. 

No 2 School of Army Co-operation, Andover: Mk 
1: LI 357 27.3.40 - 8.7.40, L1370 1.4.40 - burnt out 

10.4.41, LI 501 18.6.40- ? 

Mk IV: L4837 28.10.39 - 17.5.40, L4853 14.2.40 - 
crashed 15.8.40, L4854 28.10.39 - 17.1.40, L4855 

23.5.40 - 14.6.41, L4858 22.5.40 - SOC 2.9.40, 
L9194 17.5.40 - 30.7.41, N3535 2.7.40 - crashed 

29.10.40, N3554 31.5.40 - 14.6.41, N3555 27.5.40- 

6.7.40, N3556 '27.5.40 - 14.6.41, N3565 27.5.40 - 

14.6.41, N3566 5.6.40 - 18.7.40, N3567 27.5.40 - 

18.3.41, N6172 22.5.40 - 14.6.41, P4829 7.10.40 - 

17.6.41, P6900 25.10.39 - 16.1.40, 8.8.40 - 3.7.41, 
Z5813 18.9.40 - 14.6.41, Z5814 18.9.40 - burnt 

25.6.41, Z5815 18.9.40 - 14.6.41, Z5816 15.9.40 - 

9.10.40, T2441 19.1 1 .40 - crashed 27.11.40, T2443 

19.11.40 - crashed 18.3.41, V5382 26.11.40 - 

14.6.41, V5637 24.12.40 - 7.4.41, L9020 2.1.40 - ?, 
L9021 2.1.40 - 14.6.41, L9031 28.11.39 - crashed 

20.5.40, L9032 28.11.39 - crashed 28.1.40, L9033 

28.11.39 - SOC 31.1.40. 

Dates listed are from official records, and some 
may be paper transactions. Abbreviations: FTR = 
tailed to return, SOL = struck off charge, CDBR 
= crashed, damaged beyond repair. 

British Army uJ 

Infantry uniforms in the 1790s by Bryan Fosten 

BY THE early 1790s the Horse Guards were 
taking a critical look at the general uniform 
characteristics of the British infantry. On 
the Continent of Europe it was becoming 
more common to clothe infantry in a 
fashion which emulated the Austrians, who 
had taken into use a loose fitting jacket, 
closed to the waist with a single row of 
buttons down the front and with a standing 
collar. Many armies were discarding the 
loose, long-skirted, lapelled coat which 
had been the universal soldiers’ clothing 
for most of the 18th Century. 

Perhaps the first indication that the con- 
servative British High Command were tak- 
ing notice of the new fashion was a 
Warrant, dated July 8 1791, which set out 
what the soldier must wear when proceed- 
ing to a foreign station: ‘every recruit bound 
for foreign stations must wear a pair of 
gaiter-trousers and a red jacket with 
sleeves, to button like a waistcoat and be 
large enough to admit a waistcoat to be 
worn under it. It will have regimental fac- 
ings on the collar, cuffs and shoulder 
straps and buttons of regimental pattern 
for distinction . . 

Here we have a description of a coat 
which could well be the forerunner of the 
loose service jacket worn by the British 
infantry during the later years of the 
Peninsular and Waterloo Campaigns. This 
is not a well documented period and most of 
our sources will have to be either portraits 
or prints of the manual exercise which 
showed figures in various drill positions. 

For example, there is the Manual Exer- 
cise dated 1795, drawn by Grainger and 
obviously intended to represent the Foot 
Guards. The men have a standing collar, 
round cuffs, cross pockets and open coats 
with lapels. The collar, cuffs, lapels and 

pockets are edged with white lace and 
there is white lace on the buttonholes. A 
rare work, drawn from life, this indicates 
that for home service at least the old style 
open coat was still being worn by some 
regiments. A Warrant dated February 1 
1796 states that coats were to ‘ . . . con- 
tinue to have lapels to the waist as at pres- 
ent but made so as to button up, or clasp 
close with hooks and eyes all the way to the 
bottom . . .’ The collar was now made to 
stand and not stand-and-fall as previously. 
Pockets of the Light Infantry were to be 
made oblique or slashed. Curiously, this 
order was countermanded by another in 
the autumn of the next year and one won- 
ders whether any regiment was actually 
dressed in this way. In a description dated 
December 7 1796 we learn that the infantry 
were wearing ‘ . . . short coats and not 
the long coats formerly in use'. On October 
4 1797 the single breasted infantry jacket 
was officially authorised and in future 
' ... no lapels are to be worn by Dragoon 
Guards, Foot Guards or Line'. 

The excellent engravings by Porter for 
the Manual and Firing Exercise of 1798 
give us the first realistic reproduction of 
this uniform. The figures are again 
intended for the Foot Guards and show the 
men wearing a large cocked' hat with two 
corners (‘bicorn') worn across the head 
with stay cords and with tassels in the cor- 
ners. The jacket is single-breasted with 
nine buttons down the front at equal 
spaces with point ended white lace loops 
(1st Foot Guards?). There are three similar 
loops on each cuff and three more on the 
horizontal pocket flaps. The collar and 
cuffs are edged with white lace and there is 
a point ended loop on each collar front 
with a button. The skirts are cut in similar 
fashion to the Austrian ‘rock spencer’ of 
the period with curved fronts and the rear 
and front of each skirt is turned back and 
buttoned to reveal small triangles of the 
white lining. Shortly after 1789 the fashion 
of wearing the lace loop on the collar was 
discarded for the NCOs and private 
soldiers, although the officers continued to 
wear this decoration for many years after- 

For the officers we have an abundance of 
portraits to indicate how their clothing 
developed. For example, the coat of Ensign 
Powell of the 1 4th Foot in 1 790 has a stand- 
ing collar but retains the buttoned-back 
lapels which are cut to fall away from the 
stomach revealing the white waistcoat. An 
officer of the 27th Foot in evening or lev§e 

From the portrait of John St Leger, 
65th Foot, 1778, by Gainsborough. The 
epaulette is of red cloth with silver lace 
and fringe. The facings are white, as is 
L the waistcoat, but the breeches are 
of a creamy colour. 


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Top left The jacket as specified in the 1796 Warrant and illustrated by Porter in the Manual 
and Firing Exercises of 1798. Also shown is the cocked hat which, by this time, had become 
almost cumbersome. Left The jacket of the 41st Foot from Captain Fuller's portrait. The 
epaulette is silver with two black lines and a silver star. A miniature of William Thomas by 
Frederick Buck shows a similar jacket but the bastion loops are reversed as in the inset 
sketch. A further miniature shows the same uniform but the lace is considerably narrower 
and is without the black stripe. Above right The coat of Ensign Powell of the 14th Foot 
(facings buff, silver buttons). This garment was in the Hereford Museum for many years 
before World War 2 and compares with a portrait by de Loutherbourg dated 1793. The 
buttons closing the back of the cuff are covered with cloth. Note the slanting pocket flap. 
The epaulette is of silver lace. The buttons are rather flat. 

dress indicates that in 1795 their coats 
were being worn buttoned over to the waist 
with the top triangles folded back to show 
the inner facings. Gainsborough's portrait 
of an Ensign of the 65th Foot was painted 
in 1778 and shows an intermediate stage 
when the coat was being worn buttoned 
over but with both the top and the bottom 
buttons undone. 

However, perhaps the first and best 
example of the smart new closed-to-the- 
waist and buttoned over coat is shown in 
the portrait of Captain Fuller of the 41st 
Foot. Here the coat is clearly cut square at 
the waist and is buttoned across the chest 
to show the plain red side, but has the tops 
of both fronts folded back in what was to 
become an almost universal style in the 
British infantry of the early 19th Century, 

revealing the coloured lapels with laced 
button holes. What adds to the distinctive 
appeal of this particular portrait is the red 
(as opposed to scarlet) facings of the coat. 
The exciting new fashion caused many 
officers to rush off to their favourite minia- 
turists to have their likenesses taken and 
the results show that from 1793 until 1798 
the style was so new that some officers had 
their coats made up differently to the 
remainder of their colleagues. For instance 
in the 41st Foot we find that one officer had 
narrower lace without the distinctive black 
line and that another had the bastion 
shaped loops on the collar and revers 

A print in the Military Library series dated 
1800 shows an officer of the 17th Foot in a 
uniform which changed little throughout 
the remainder of the Napoleonic Wars 
except that the skirts are long. In this case 
the officer has the cocked hat worn across 
the head, the long-tailed coat buttoned 

across the chest and down to the waist with 
the top triangles turned back, a standing 
collar and round cuffs and the crimson 
sash worn over the coat. A whitened 
shoulder belt for the sword, white breeches 
and knee length black gaiters complete the 

In 1792 sergeants discarded their hal- 
berds for pikes and in the same year the 
grenadier and fusilier sergeants were also 
ordered to carry pikes. Their comrades in 
the Light Infantry companies carried fusils 
and pouches. Light Company officers 
were, at the same time, ordered to cease 
carrying fusils. 

An order of September 22 1796 specified 
plain black hats for all the Line and the 
Foot Guards with white feathers and tufts 
in the corners — white mixed with the fac- 
ing colour for line regiments. The hats were 
ordered to have white loops and buttons 
for the cockades. The hats were bound 
with black worsted braid. □ 

February 1976 




only in engineering changes and the fitting 
of Wright J65-W-1 engines from the origi- 
nal British-built aircraft. A conversion to 
this type basically involves only a change in 
paint scheme and the adoption of United 
States National insignia. 

The following version, known as the 
B-57B, had a new forward fuselage provid- 
ing tandem seating for the two-man crew, 
provision in the wings for eight 0.5-inch 
machine-guns or four 20 mm cannon, a 
rotary weapons bay, and wing pylons. This 
is not a difficult conversion and one that 
will follow in this series in due course. 

Over 200 of this version were built and it 
served with the USAF until 1959, when it 
was gradually phased out of front line ser- 
vice, although it continued to soldier on 
with the Pakistan Air Force and the Air 

National Guard. 

The B-57C was basically a B' with dual 
controls and 38 of these were built, again 
being passed to the ANG and the Pakistan 
Air Force. Some of these aircraft were fitted 
with a fuselage camera bay for reconnais- 
sance work when they were designated 

The first major visual change, which 
started to alter the complete appearance of 
the B-57, came with the RB-57D which was 
evolved for electronic and photographic 
reconnaissance. Although the fuselage 
remained similar to the earlier versions, the 
wing shape was completely altered and the 
first of the long span' aircraft saw the light 
of day. 20 examples of this aircraft were 
produced and only six remained as two- 
seat versions, the balance of 14 being 

single-seaters. The two-place aircraft were 
designated RB-57D2s and had provision 
for in-flight refuelling while most of the 
others were called RB-57D(C). Some of 
these aircraft underwent many changes in 
their shape including a variety of bulbous 
noses and other similar blisters carrying 
ECM equipment. Overall lengths and wing- 
spans varied depending on equipment 
carried but during this transitional stage the 
span crept up to over 107 feet and the 
length over 67 feet. 

The final version was the B-57E of which 
68 were built, these being used in the recon- 
naissance role as the RB-57E and the train- 
ing role as TB-57E. This version was also 
used for target towing when it was 
equipped with towing equipment in a con- 
tainer mounted beneath the rear fuselage. 

Outer podded 
engine and 

RB-57F from 
a Canberra 

Bryan Philpott describes a challenging 1:72 scale 
conversion for model aircraft enthusiasts 

THE RELEASE last year of the Airfix kit of the 
BAC Canberra opened the door to a multi- 
tude of conversions of this fine aeroplane. 

Four variants were featured in the April 1975 
Airfix Magazine but these only scratched 
the surface of those which can be done by 
the dedicated conversion addict. At that 
time I mentioned the possibility of moving 
over the Atlantic to take a look at the 
American-built Canberra and its deriva- 
tives, but when those words were written I 
did not have in mind perhaps the most 
changed Canberra of all, the RB-57F. 

It is perhaps incorrect to claim this air- 
craft as a Canberra variant, but since it can 
definitely trace its ancestry back to the 
original Martin licence-built machines, it is 
not stretching a point too far. 

The conversion is certainly a challenging 
one and borders more on the line of 
scratch-building than straightforward kit 
modification. But in it I saw several oppor- 
tunities to experiment and hope that 
readers might also like to try venturing 
along what was to me, fairly new ground. 

Before going on to look at the actual con- 
struction of, the model, a few facts about 
the RB-57F will not come amiss. 

The Canberra is the only aircraft of 
foreign design to be adopted for use by the 
US Air Force since World War 2 and, in its 
original form, was more or less identical to 
the B Mk 2. 

One such aircraft, WD940, was flown 
across the Atlantic in August 1951 to act as 
a pattern aircraft for the Glenn-Martin 
Company who had acquired the licence to 
manufacture it in the USA in April of the 
same year. 

The first aircraft to leave the production 
line were designated B-57A and differed 

RB-57F from Yokota Air Base, near Tokyo, 
landing at Frankfurt in November 1974 
(Aviation News). 

Main engines. Note fluted 
channels top and bottom 
both sides, and intake 
under main intake 

Eyebrow fairing added 
to rear orifice not 
shown in plan view of 
1:100 scale drawings 

Modified fuselage showing new nose and 
fin/rudder from Airmodel kit 


AIRFIX magazine 

February 1976 


Starboard view of RB-57F 13291 as 
modelled by author (Aviation News). 

Port side view of the same aircraft (Aviation 

1:100 scale 

Sample collecting , 
pods optional 

In many respects the full story of the 
RB-57D variants has never been told and it 
is doubtful if it will be for many years yet. 
The aurora of mystery that surrounds this 
aircraft certainly applies to the most 
drastically changed version of them all, 
which is the RB-57F, the subject of this 

In October 1963 General Dynamics 
received a contract to carry out extensive 
modifications to the basic RB-57D design 
and airframes for this work were obtained 
by using discarded RB-57As, Bs and Ds, 
although only the centre-sections and aft 



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1:100 scale 

Static discharge wicks on 
both wings and tailplanes 

portions were employed. 

Dominating the design is the massive 
wing, the span of which, at 122 feet 6 
inches, is practically double that of the ori- 
ginal B-57. The line of the wing is broken by 
the huge turbo-fan engines which are 
supplemented by the smaller J60 turbo-jets 
housed in removable pods beneath the 
wings, thus making the aircraft into a four 
engined vecsion of the Canberra. Other 
noticeable characteristics are the new 
enlarged fin/rudder and the altered shape 
of the nose. 

The first RB-57F flew in April 1964 and 

the aircraft entered service in June of the 
same year. 

Little has been revealed of the aircraft's 
operational history but it is used as a 
weather reconnaissance machine and can 
be equipped to take samples in the upper 
atmosphere. Indicative of this role, the 
designation was changed to WB-57F in 
1971. In addition to weather flights the air- 
craft has also been used by NASA where it 
was operated by the Manned Spaceflight 
Centre and took part in the Earth 
Resources Technology Satellite pro- 

The model 

Soon after the release of the Airfix kit, the 
German company Airmodel brought out a 
complete vac-form kit of the WB-57F, 
which opened three options as far as the 
modeller is concerned. The first of these is 
to build the Airmodel kit exactly as it comes 
borrowing parts for the undercarriage from 
the spares box; the second is to utilise 
parts of the Airfix and Airmodel kits; and 
the third is to use the Airmodel compo- 
nents as guides to scratch-build from plas- 
tic card, again using the Airfix kit where 

Note anhedral on 
outer panels 


AIRFIX magazine 

February 1976 



Of the three I chose the second as I feel 
— and this is purely personal — that a 
combination of injection moulded kit and 
vac-form produces a better result, as far as 
this particular manufacturer is concerned, 
than straightforward assembly of the vac- 
form kit. The Airmodel kit has not been 
advertised for some time but may still be 
available from stockists who advertise this 
range in the magazine, or from sources in 
Germany. If it is no longer in production 
then the third alternative will have to be 
used and the only major problem this pres- 
ents is the manufacture of the engines. 

The Airmodel fuselage is moulded in 
three sections of which only the nose por- 
tion is used as supplied. I started by cutting 
out the three parts then removed the 
fin/rudder from the tail section and cut off 
the wings at their root where they joined 
the centre-section. The nose halves were 
joined together and a cockpit floor added 
from plastic card, this was built up on the 
underside where the nose wheel locates 
and the nose wheel doors were removed 
from the moulding. During this operation 
weights were added to the nose and for this 
I used fishing weights held in position with 

The Airfix fuselage was assembled as the 
kit instructions, leaving out the front bulk- 
head (part 19) and the rudder (parts 22-23), 
the bomb bay was inserted and the whole 

RB-57F 13292, apparently photographed in 
Australia (Aviation News). 

General view of finished model which 
clearly demonstrates the enormous wing- 

assembly left to set hard before the nose 
was cut off at the forward bomb bay bulk- 
head. The Airmodel nose was then fitted 
with a plastic card bulkhead at its rear end 
and cemented to the Airfix fuselage. It is 
vital that the original Airfix nose is cut-off 
with a perfectly parallel cut or the model 
will adopt a nose-up or down angle, 
depending on the inaccuracy of the cut. 
The cross-sectional area of the injection- 
moulded fuselage should give enough area 
to ensure a good adhesion with the plastic 
card bulkhead, but if you do not feel confi- 
dent about this, add another plastic card 
bulkhead to the Airfix fuselage so that the 
two parts butt joint together over the whole 
area of the plastic card bulkheads. 

Any small gaps were filled with Green 
Stuff and the complete fuselage was 
allowed to dry throughout before any sand- 
ing operations were carried out. 

Whilst this sub-assembly was drying I 
cemented together the complete Airfix 
wings, omitting the engine parts and 
ailerons (parts 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50 and 
51). The inboard section was then cut off 
just inboard of the engines and the two 
remaining stubs cemented into the loca- 
tion slots in the fuselage. 

The wheel wells were cut out of the Air- 
model wings before the two halves were 
fitted together and blanking plates, made 

from plastic card, added to the insides of 
the engines at the front and rear. To add 
strength to the outer panels I removed the 
engines from the remains of the Airfix kit 
wings and placed the outboard sections 
inside the Airmodel wings. This is optional 
but the span is such that I feel it is well 
worth doing as they add rigidity to the vac- 
form parts. 

After cementing the Airmodel wings 
together I fitted them over the stubs of the 
Airfix centre sections attached to the fuse- 
lage. To ensure a good fit I found it neces- 
sary to reduce the thickness of the 
moulded sections by sanding with a coarse 
grade wet and dry. Do not overdo this 
operation and check frequently so that you 
do not sand too much away. The aim is for 
a fairly tight fit but one that will not force 
the parts of the Airmodel wings apart if they 
are pushed on too vigorously. There will be 
gaps where the vac-form wings meet the 
fuselage and these must be filled with 
Green Stuff which should be merged into 
the fuselage contours whilst it is still in a 
workable state. I filled all the major gaps 
with a good quantity of filler and let this go 
hard before applying the final layer. 

The fin/rudder is now cut off the Air- 
model rear section and slotted over the top 
of the moulded fin that is on the Airfix fuse- 
lage, once again I found it necessary to 
reduce the thickness of the Airfix moulded 
fin by sanding to a point where the vac- 
form component was a tight but easy fit. 
Before cementing this in position ensure 
that it is vertical when viewed from the 
front and rear, then cement it in place and 
fill the gap at its base with Green Stuff, 
once more merging this into the fuselage 
until a neat join is achieved. 

The undercarriage from the Airfix kit is 
fitted and it will be found that the original 
location points are available inside the 
Airmodel wheel wells where the original 
Airfix centre-section has been used. The 
nose wheel was modified by cementing a 
plastic rod into a hole drilled into the top of 
the moulded oleo and removing the Airfix 
locating pins. The plastic rod was then 
cemented into a hole drilled into the dou- 
ble thickness cockpit floor where the nose 
wheel is situated. During the fitting of 
the Airfix undercarriage minor alterations 
to the Airmodel wheel wells will have to 
be made, but this is easily done with a sharp 
modelling knife by gently cutting away any 
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The Airfix tailplanes are assembled 
exactly as the kit instructions and 
cemented into their original locations. 

I left the removal of the front and rear of 
the Airmodel engines until the model was 
at this stage. The rear orifice simply 
required a hole drilled in the middle and 
then enlarged with a round file. For the 
intake I again drilled a small hole in the 
centre then cut several radii from this out 
to nearly the outer rim. The ends of the 
radii were then joined with more cuts until 
the unwanted area was removed. This left a 
jagged periphery which was easily tidied 
up with a half-round file. Centre cones for 
the engines came from suitably sized bomb 
sections taken from the spares box but 
before these were positioned a suggestion 
of vanes was added to the inside bulkheads 
with strips of plastic card. The rear end of 
the engines are finished by the fitting of 
'eyebrow' fairings made from 10 thou plas- 
tic card. 

From photographs it appears that not all 
RB-57Fs had these fairings but I chose to fit 
them as the particular finish I had selected, 
which is the centre spread in Profile 247, 
shows that this particular machine — 
13291 — had them at the time it was 

The outer wing podded engines were 
made straight from the Airmodel kit and, 
like the main engines, had blanking off 
bulkheads fitted before they were joined 
together. These were fitted in place by 
using locating pins made from plastic rod 
which were inserted into drilled holes in 
the undersurface. This give a better join 
than the butt joint that is provided in the kit. 

The cockpit was completed by the addi- 
tion of seats from the spares box or modi- 
fied from the Airfix kit, and the canopy 
cemented in position. 

The whole model was then treated to a 
final clean-up with very fine wet and dry 
after which it was polished with Brasso, 
then washed in detergent before a matt 
white coat of paint was applied overall. 
Final blemishes were filled or sanded out 
then the black areas on the nose and 
engines painted. These areas were then 
masked out and the model sprayed overall 
with Woolworth’s Household Aluminium 
paint. This paint gives a dull natural metal 
look which in my opinion is better than a 
bright overall silver. A model of this size 
lends itself admirably to the technique of 
various toned panels which can look false 

Another view of the completed model, a 
'must' for all Canberra fans. 

on smaller models, but even at this size 
care must be taken not to overdo the effect. 

All markings came from the spares box 
with the United States Air Force on the 
fuselage coming from the F102A on 
Modeldecal sheet 11, and the large USAF 
on the wings from Blick dry-print sheet 
M 21. The band on the vertical tail was 
painted Cobalt blue and outlined in yellow 
with Letraset which also provided the small 
figures for the serial. The legend 
WEATHER’ on the Cobalt blue band came 
from a Blick dry-print sheet and is in white. 
The black lines on the wing surfaces came 
from Letraset sheet 557 which contains a 
whole series of these lines and is a worth- 
while addition to any modeller's inventory 
of markings. 

Whip and blade aerials were made from 
plastic card and stretched sprue and 
attached with white PVA glue as explained 
in the Skyraider conversion published in 
the November 1975 edition of Airfix Maga- 

If the Airmodel kit cannot be obtained, 
scratch-building should not prove too diffi- 
cult if it is tackled carefully. 

The revised nose can be carved from a 
balsa block and the same material used to 
make the core of the wings. This core 
should then be covered with top and 
bottom wing sections made from 20 thou 
plastic card, panel lines and control sur- 
faces being scored on the inside with a biro 
before the two halves are joined together. 
The fin/rudder can also be made from the 
same thicknessjjlastic card using the orig- 
inal Airfix fin as a locating point or if prefer- 

red, by laminated plastic card fitted in 
place after complete removal of the Airfix 

The engines would present the biggest 
problem and unless you are experienced 
enough to mould these from balsa wood 
formers it would probably be best to make 
them completely from balsa wood. The 
centre-section can be made as already 
described using the original injection- 
moulded parts to form the core for new 
plastic card components. 

As far as the cockpit canopy is con- 
cerned, if you are very wealthy or have a 
spare one laying around, the canopy from a 
Frog Hasegawa B47 will be ideal, otherwise 
a moulded one using the well-known 
male/female mould method will have to be 
used. Construction of the original Airmodel 
kit is recommended for the less experi- 
enced modeller or the man in a hurry, the 
composite version for those who like a 
challenge in their modelling, and the 
scratch-built component for the out-and- 
out expert. 

Whichever method is chosen the end 
result will certainly be an unusual model 
which, when displayed alongside a conven- 
tionel Canberra, will show how the basic 
design has been changed, or if alongside, 
say, a Lancaster, how modern technology 
has advanced to an immense aeroplane 
with a two-man crew. 

The most useful reference for modellers 
attempting this model is Profile 247, whilst 
William Green's The World's Fighting 
Planes also contains photographs and 

RB-57F 13302, location unknown (Aviation 

February 1976 


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military modelling 

military modelling 

8th Army in 
the desert 

Modelling specialised armour, by John Sandars 

card coaming around him. 

In front of this the air filter, which can be 
obtained from an Airfix Crusader kit and is 
the bit that sits on the back end of each 
track guard, is glued. 

The two girders can be made up from 
card as shown, or can be fabricated from 
wood or plastic rod if preferred. If thick 
card is used it will probably be best to cut 
out the parts and glue them together rather 
than trying to bend them as shown on 

there WAS NOT a lot of ‘specialised 
armour' used in the Desert, as the majority 
of the ‘Funnies' were only devised shortly 
before the assault on North-west Europe. 
Three vehicles are, however, worthy of 
note, that do not fit into the normal tank, 
armoured car, carrier, or scout car cate- 
gories. The first is the Scorpion Flail tank, 
locally produced in time for the Battle of 
Alamein, the second is the AEC Dorchester 
Armoured Command Vehicle, used 
throughout the campaign, and the last is 
the % ton armoured truck, better known as 
the White scout car, which was introduced 
in mid-1942. 

While the Dorchester has to be scratch- 
built the other two can be to some extent 
converted from existing kits. The basis for 
the Scorpion is the Matilda tank, and the 
Airfix or Fujimi models can be used. (The 
model shown in the photograph is, in fact, 
fully scratch-built.) 

In the original a pair of metal girders 
bolted to either side of the tank held a rotat- 
ing metal drum out in front to which chains 
were attached to beat the ground and 
explode mines. This drum was driven, 
through a right angle gearbox at the end 
and a drive shaft, by a Ford V8 engine in a 
metal box bolted to the side of the tank 
behind the right-hand support girder. In 
early models the back of this engine box 
had a position for the operator, but later 
the ‘flail’ engine was controlled by rods 
from inside the tank. 

The engine box can be made from a 
piece of balsa approximately 18 mm long, 8 
mm wide and 10 mm deep. The head and 
shoulders of an Airfix infantryman can be 
stuck on top at the back, with a 2 mm high 

Above Scratch-built Dorchester armoured 
command vehicle. Note how one front 
window has been made open and the other 
shut; also numerous extras added to make 
the basic vehicle a better model. Below 
Matilda Scorpion minesweeping flail tank 
showing new parts added to basic kit. 

Diagram 1. The cross girder is similarly 
made and the rotating drum is a piece of 5 
mm wooden dowel with lengths of minia- 
ture chain from a model shop pinned to it, 
while the gearbox on its right-hand end is a 
cube of balsa. 

The two side girders should be glued to 
the drum assembly and the cross girder 
and offered up to the tank model so that 
the engine box may be positioned and 
glued to it. When this is secure the right- 
hand girder is glued to the front of the box 
while the inside of the left-hand one is 
glued direct to the left-hand side of the 
tank. Exact dimensions of the girders will 
depend on those of the tank model used, 
so this should be measured up carefully 
before starting work. A piece of sprue or 
rod can be inserted inside the RH girder 
between engine box and gearbox to repre- 
sent the drive shaft. 

The Dorchester, at least the LP version 
shown in Diagram 2, is very simple to make 
as it is little more than a box on wheels. 
This can be made from two pieces of balsa, 
a couple of hardwood axles, Airfix Matador 
wheels, and card doors, hatches, etc. The 
roof is a balsa rectangle, 7 mm thick, 6.25 
cm long and 3 cm wide, with a bevel down 
each side. Three card hatches go on top 
and two windows in front; these can either 
be shown shut or open (see photo). Ventila- 
tors on the roof are thick card discs and 
aerial bases are cut from balsa rod. 

The main body is cut from a block of 
balsa 8 cm x 2.25 cm x 3 cm. Diagram 2 
shows the angles for cutting the bonnet. 


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Fold or cut girders 
on dotted lines and 
glue A-A, B-B and C-C 

Diagram 1 
Scorpion Flail 
Approx 1:76 scale 

The wheel arches have to be carved out 
and the hardwood axles, with wheels pin- 
ned to the ends, glued below. Small card 
mudguards go either side at the front, and 
card doors and vent grilles are fitted at the 
sides and rear. On the RH side of the 
vehicle half a dozen 1 mm plastic rods are 

glued together horizontally to represent 
tubes for spare aerial lengths. To overcome 
end grain problems and give the model a 
smooth finish it can be covered with paper 
or card before the doors, hatches, etc, are 
added. As can be seen from the photo- 
graph much else in the way of figures and 

kit can be added if you wish. 

This method of construction produces a 
robust but somewhat simplified model, 
ideal for wargames. Full 1:76 scale plans 
and instructions for scratch-building a 
detailed model in plastic card appear in 
Bruce Quarrie's new book, Airfix Magazine 

February 1976 


military modelling 

Guide 12: Afrika Korps (PSL, £1.20). 

The White, which although called a scout 
car was rather too cumbersome to be used 
as such, nevertheless saw service as an HQ 
vehicle for motor infantry units, and was 
used by other troops such as sappers and 
fitters, who had need of a reasonable sized 
vehicle to carry tools, etc, and several men 
around under fire. 

The front end of the Airfix M3 half-track 
can be used as a basis for this vehicle, but 
it is not difficult to scratch-build complete, 
as the one in the photograph has been, 
using card on a wooden chassis. As, like 
the other models described it is a simple 
wargame vehicle, no seats, etc, are 

Once again the card can either be 

scribed and bent as shown in Diagram 3, or 
the parts can be cut out and individually 
stuck together if this proves easier. The 
chassis unit is stuck together from 2 mm 
thick hardwood and the axles with spare kit 
wheels are fastened beneath it. 

The main body is then cut out, the sides 
being bent up, or attached, and glued to 
the bulkhead A on the line AA. The insides 
of the wheel arches are bent up and the 
strips B and C are glued over them to form 
boxes over the back wheels. The back is 
glued to the tabs at the rear of each side 
piece and the bonnet and windscreen are 
glued to them at the front. 

The armoured visor, E, can either be left 
open and fixed as in the photograph, or it 
can be glued down to cover the wind- 
screen; similarly the flaps, D, at the top of 
the doors can be left in place as if shut, or 
can be cut out and glued in the position 
shown in the photo, as if open and hinged 

The radiator, with horizontal ruled lines 
on it to resemble armoured slats, is stuck 
on the front, and the mudguards are bent 
and glued in position on either side of the 
bonnet as shown by the dotted lines, 
before the completed body is glued on to 
the top of the chassis. When painted, 
doors, etc, can be lined in with paint and 
Indian ink. Headlamps and other extras can 
be added if desired. 

More detailed 1 :76 scale plans of the 
White are available on John Church print 
No 70. 

The next article in this series will deal 
with scout and armoured cars. 

White scout car. Note door top hinged down and armoured visor over windscreen in 'up' 
position, also door and other detail painted in. This model is slightly different from that in 
the diagram above, but is similar in all essentials. 


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Photo feature for anyone modelling the 
new Airfix kit from Peter F. Guiver 

Above Rear view of a VF-2 Tomcat at 
Miramar Naval Air Station, San Diego. 
Ventral fins are yellow and dark blue with 
white stars. Below Tomcats of VF-1 being 
loaded aboard the USS Enterprise at 
Naval Air Station Alameda in September 
1974 for the first deployment of the F-14 
with Carrier Air Wing 14 (US Navy official 

February 1976 


Opposite page, top F-14A of VF-14 from the USS John F. Kennedy//? basic light grey and white. Fins are all white with red flashes. Fin 
badge is a black and white top hat on a white disc with narrow black and white outline. Nose radome is cream (front) and white. Nose 
code is black with upper left white shadow. Fin code 'AB' (on inner faces) is black with upper left red shadow. Tips of wings and tail- 
planes are red. Centre Two F-14As of VF-32, also based on the USS John F. Kennedy, in formation with a Grumman E-2C Hawkeye of 
VAW-125. Both these units form part of Carrier Air Wing One. Bottom Another F-14A from VF-32 in standard light grey and white with 
yellow horizontal fin bands. Sword and codes are black. This page, above Based at Naval Air Station Miramar with VF-124 is this Tomcat 
in light grey and white. Radome is cream (front) and white, fin flashes and bands at tips of wings and tailplanes are all red, aerials on fuse- 
lage behind cockpits are yellow. All codes are black. Below Tomcats of VF-1 and VF-2 on board the USS Enterprise (all photos US Navy 


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February 1976 




M142 radio communication vehicle. 

Above LARC-5 of Beachmaster Unit 2. Below top Roadway being prepared for laying. 
Below centre M274 mechanical mule with 106 mm recoilless rifle. 

■ \h . ■ I • 

■^ 1 , 

Americans invade 
Dorset . . . 

Terry Gander reports from a recent 
exercise in the West Country 

EXERCISE Triple Jubilee started on August 
31 with the arrival of an American Amphi- 
bious Task Force at Plymouth. The Task 
Force included the Amphibious Helicopter 
Carrier Guam and the Landing Ships USS 
Ponco, Newport, Boulder and Coranado. 
The Guam, however, departed for the 
United States before the exercise was over. 

The amphibious part of the exercise 
started at 0730 on Saturday November 8 
when the first of 1,000 United States 
Marines came ashore. The amphibious 
landing took place at Arish Moll which is 
part of the Lulworth tank gunnery ranges in 
Dorset. The first two waves of Marines were 
brought in by LVTP7s, or Amtracks for 
short. The LVTP7 (Landing Vehicle 
Tracked Personnel) is of all-welded 
aluminium construction and is powered in 
the water by two water jets in the rear of the 

hull, ie one each side, which give it a top 
speed in the water of 13.5 km/hr. Its top 
road speed is 64 km/hr, and it has a crew of 
three (commander, driver and gunner) and 
can carry 25 fully-equipped Marines. Other 
members of this family include the LVTC7 
(Command) and the LVTR7 (Recovery) 

The first waves were to have had close air 
support by Harriers of the Royal Air Force 
flying from the Commando Carrier HMS 
Bulwark. An event in Belieze (Central 
America) meant that the RAF had to fly six 
Harriers out there which left none for the 

The next waves consisted of landing craft 
which brought additional Marines and 
some of their vehicles. The first vehicles 
ashore were two bulldozers which were 
used to clear a path across the beach, an 

The tyre pressures can be adjusted to suit 
the ground conditions, like those on the 
World War 2 DUKW. 

All the time equipment was being landed 
on the beach additional troops were being 
ferried ashore inland by Boeing-Vertol 
UH-46 Sea Knight helicopters. Later in the 
day a four-unit pontoon section was 
coupled together out at sea and a small 
landing craft attached each side, which 
pushed the unit up on to the beach. The 
landing craft then came up to the far end 
and the M48 tanks went straight ashore. 
The M48 tank is armed with a 90 mm gun 
and has been used by the Marines for some 
20 years. They are to be replaced in the 
near future by the M60A1 which is armed 
with a 105 mm gun. 

After all the Marines and their equipment 
were ashore they drove inland to take part 
in the second part of the exercise on Salis- 
bury Plain. The LVTP7s returned to their 
ship within a few hours of landing. 

The second part of the exercise included 
Royal Marine Commandos and Dutch 
Marines, the latter being ferried ashore 
from the Commando Carrier Bulwark by 
Wessex helicopters of the Royal Navy. The 
final part of the exercise took place in Scot- 


all terrain tractor with a rolled up length of 
glass fibre roadway, and an excavating 
crane. The bulldozers were hard at work all 
day, not only clearing obstacles but also 
towing bogged-down vehicles off of the 

Among the many interesting vehicles 
brought ashore by the landing craft (LCUs) 
were M274 Mechanical Mules. These small 
vehicles were being used both as load 
carriers and as anti-tank vehicles armed 
with a 106 mm M40 Recoilless Rifle. 

The 6x6 M561 Gama Goats were about 
the only vehicles which, apart from the 
tracked vehicles, were able to leave the 
beach without assistance. Ml 51s were 
around in some numbers including some 
of the ambulance models which are known 
as the M718. Normal 6x6 M35 2Vz ton 
trucks, most of which towed a small trailer, 
brought essential supplies ashore. 

The landing was controlled from afloat, 
but Beachmaster Unit Two had a Ml 42 4x4 
truck on the beach with communications 
equipment installed. The M142 is essen- 
tially a standard M705 with a shelter 
mounted in the rear. Two LARC-5 (Lighter 
Amphibious Resupply 5 Ton) also came 
ashore in the early stages. These have a 
hull of aluminium and are powered in the 
water by a single propeller under the hull. 

Top of page M35 

6x6 truck coming 
ashore. Left One 
of the LVTP-7S. 
Right A pontoon 
approaching the 



Above New from GHQ, who are probably 
best known for their range of superbly 
detailed 1:285 scale AFVs, is a range of 25 
mm Seven Years' War figures. Both 
mounted and foot figures are available, and 
all have separate heads, and, in the case of 
the infantry, muskets as well. An indication 
of the fine casting quality of these figures is 
visible in the photo of a Prussian cuirassier. 
Left New from Matchbox in 1:72 scale is 
this Wellington which we shall be reviewing 
in more depth next month. 

Right Another recent Matchbox release, 
also in 1:72 scale, is an excellent He 111, 
which we shall also be reviewing at a later 
date. Below Latest 1:12 scale racing car 
release from the Tamiya stable is the 
Martini Brabham BT44B. Although 
definitely not a beginner's kit, this model 
well repays careful assembly as our photo 
shows. Price is £6.99. 


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1. BAC Lightning Mks. 1A. 2 and 6 (six alternatives in RAF service) 

2. F 4 Phantom fVMFA-531. USMC: 497th TFS. USAF and 767 Sqn , RN). 

3. N.A. F-100D Super Sabre (four alternatives in USAF service) 

6. U S Navy (F4U-1A Corsair. VF-17; SB2C-3 Helldiver, 0S2U-3 Kingfisher 

7. RAF Hunter F 6. 14 Sqn ; Phantom FGR2. 6 Sqn.; Meteor F 4. 63 Sqn., and 
Harrier GRI. 1 Sqn. 

10 . USAF-S E Asia (RF-101C. F-105D, A-IH and EC-47N). 

11. F-102A, 460th FIS, USAF: Harner GR.1. 4 or 20 Sqn. RAF Sabre 6. 430 Sqn 
RCAF and alternative RCAF Sabre fin emblems. 

16. USAF-S E Asia (2) F-4E Phantom, 34 TFS. 288 TFW, Cessna 0-2A 23 TASS, 
AC-47 432 TRW. and USMC OV-IOA Bronco. HLM-267 

17. T-33. RCAF F-35 Draken Danish Air Force: Mosquito FB VI. 4 Sqn RAF. 
Skyhawk, RAN, and A-4K squadron markings tor 75 Sqn.. RNZAF 

18. Royal Navy — Post War: (Gannet 4 COO. Sea Hawk F.I.. 898 Sqn., Wessex 
Mk. 1 Ark Royal, and Avenger 6. 831 Sqn 

19. West German Air Force and Navy (RF-4E Phantom. AG51 or 52): F-84F 
Thunderstreak. Jabo 33; RF-84F Thunderilash. AG51 ; Sea King Mk. 41 

20. H S Buccaneer S 2"s. 800 and 809 Sqns.. F A A.: NF-5A Freedom Fighter, 
314 or 315 Sqn . Dutch Air Force, and L-20A Beaver. Dutch Air Force 

21. A-4E Skyhawks VMA-311 VA-94: A-4F Skyhawk. VA-164. Skyraider. VA-65. 

22. A-7D Corsairs. 356 TFS. 354 TFW . 40 TFS. 355 TFW . with alternative decals 
for 357 TFS. 355 TFW: T-33A. 50 TFW . and F-86A Sabre. 116 FIS. 

23. Phantom F.G.1, 43 Sqn Harrier G R.1A, 3 Sqn. Lightning F.2A. 92 Sqn. All 
RAF. CF104 Starfighter 421 Sqn. C.A.F 

24. RAF Hunter F.6. 79 Sqn. Phantom F G R.2 41 Sqn. Sea Venom F A W.21 
809 Sqn. Sea Venom FAW. 21 890 Sqn. F A A. Wyvern S.4. 831 Sqn F A A. 

25. Lightning F.2A. 19 Sqn . Canberra B(1)8 16 Sqn.. Harvard T.2B. 500 Sqn 
Hunter FGA 9. 45 Sqn. All RAF 

26. Buccaneer S2B. 15 Sqn. Hunter FGA 9 58 Sqn.. Canberra B.2 10 Sqn., 
Gazelle H3T C.F S. All RAF-R N. Gazelle HT2. 

27. Canberra T4. 231 OCU. RAF. Cottesmore 1974, Hunter T7 4 FTS. RAF. 1973 
(or 56 Sqn 1962). Phantom FGR.2, 111 Sqn. RAF. Comngsby. 1974. 
Buccaneer S2A. 208 Sqn. RAF. Honington, 1974 

28. Canberra E15. 98 Sqn. RAF. 1974. Hunter T8 764 Sqn FAA, 1964 Lightning 
F3. 29 Sqn. RAF, 1971. Jet Provost T5. 3FTS. "The Swords RAF Leemmg, 
1974 (Senals provided lo make any one of Team) 

"MODELDECAL" style fully illustrated instruction sheet, giving decal locations and 

full colour scheme details, is included with all Modeidecal decals, and commencing 

with set No. 17. a selection of photographs is also included 

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An Introduction to Wargaming, by John 
Sandars, Pelham Books Ltd, 52 Bedford 
Square, London WC1B 3EF. Price £4.95. 
AMONG THE MANY 'beginners' books on 
wargaming available today, this new one 
from John Sandars must rank as one of the 
most interesting despite the fact that, for all 
its general title, it is essentially concerned 
with the Western Desert battles of World 
War 2. 

Much of the introductory material on the 
history of wargaming, setting up wargames 
tables and devising basic ground scales, 
movement rates, etc, will be old hat' to 
experienced players; it is when John gets 
down to brass tacks and starts talking 
specifically about ‘his’ theatre of opera- 
tions that the book really gets interesting. 

Essentially, what he propounds in this 
book is a set of wargames rules and playing 
equipment which are time consuming to 
prepare, but time saving in an actual war- 
games situation. He places great reliance 
on 'slide rule' type calculators, fire sticks 
and shell burst circles, and marking pins, 
counters and chips, which have the advan- 
tage of making everything readily visible 
when you want it, but the disadvantages of 
littering the wargames table with dozens of 
little coloured counters and the lack of any 
permanent move-by-move record of the 
game — which many wargamers like to 
keep and, indeed, in a campaign have to 
keep. We tend to prefer simpler game 
equipment even at the cost of having some- 
times to make quite lengthy calculations 
from fire and combat effect tables, and at 
the bother of keeping written orders and 
casualty records, but freely admit this is 
purely a matter of personal choice, and 
John's system, which is certainly colourful, 
may well appeal to you. 

The book is certainly well and clearly 
written, with individual sections on sur- 
prise, visibility and concealment, artillery 
and small arms fire, melees, casualties, 
morale, communications, logistics, break- 
downs, attrition, weather, obstacles and 
field engineering, to name a few. Numerous 
diagrams in the text help explain how the 
author's systems work, but unfortunately 
only give examples rather than setting out 
all the relevant factors for the various types 
of vehicle and weapon used. 

Although John is principally concerned 
with Western Desert operations, and gives 
two sample games showing how the rules 
work, there are notes and pointers to other 
periods and theatres which slightly 
broaden the book's appeal. Basically, 
though, unless you are interested in World 
War 2, or are prepared to devote some time 
to adapting the playing suggestions for 
other periods, this book cannot really be 

World War 1 

WORLD WAR 1 is a strategic simulation of 

the 1914-18 war in Europe issued by Simu- 
lation Publications Inc with Strategy and 
Tactics magazine No 51 (it can also be pur- 
chased separately from the magazine in the 
new ‘folio’ format). First appearances are 
uninspiring; the 17 x 22 inch map which 
constitutes the playing surface is the first 
of its kind to appear as part of SPI's forced 
economies. The material quality is, as 
expected, lower than in the past, but the 
intellectual quality, if that is not being too 
pretentious, shows the usual high standard 
we have come to expect of current simula- 
tion wargaming. 

Perhaps it should be made clear at this 
point that the above mentioned economies 
apply only to the 'free' games issued with 
Strategy and Tactics and that the normal, 
boxed games produced by SPI are not only 
maintaining but improving their material 

It is to SPI's credit that they have suc- 
ceeded in making this simple game reflect 
the strategic conditions of the Great War 
with such uncanny accuracy. It is a real 
challenge to find alternatives to the histori- 
cal decisions embodied in that struggle 
and to deliver the master stroke that would 
have altered the course of the war. This is 
surely what historical simulations are all 

In World War 1, each of the die-cut, card- 
board counters represent an army-sized 
unit which can be manoeuvred about a 
map covering an area stretching from 
France to European Russia and from the 
Baltic to the Mediterranean. Rail and sea 
movement and supply are catered for in 
simplified form. 

More attention is given to combat and 
economic resources, which are the key to 
the game. Combat losses are accounted for 
by a loss of resources and/or territory or, in 
limited circumstances, in army units or des- 
truction of fortifications, both of which can 
be rebuilt. In deference to the peculiar con- 
ditions of the time, an attacking force usually 
suffers more heavily than the defending 
one, sometimes appallingly. The Eastern 
Front is particularly nasty for the Russians, 
while an all-out assault on the Western 
Front by either side will make the players 
think twice before trying it again! 

One minor reservation we have is that the 
rules specifically permit the reconstruction 
of the British Expeditionary Force if lost, a 
more powerful force (defensively) than the 
British units which come after. Purists, 
however, can always opt to disallow this. In 
fact, the game easily lends itself to such 
modifications by players who have a better 
acquaintance with the period than the 
average wargamer. 

The stagnation and sheer bloodiness of 
the Great War are aspects with which we 
are all familiar. The incompetence of the 
leaders on both sides is a fallacy which 
period articles and hindsight induced us to 
believe. The reality was surely much differ- 

ent. World War 1 and Strategy and Tactics 
magazine are available through Simula- 
tions Publications UK, Freepost, Altrin- 
cham, Cheshire, WA15 6BR. 

With Pike and Musket, by C. F. Wesencraft. 
The Elmfield Press, Elmfield Road, Morley, 
Leeds LS27 ONN. Price £5.50. 

THIS. MR WESENCRAFT'S second wargaming 
book, is subtitled '16th and 17th Century 
battles for the wargamer', but is in practice 
limited to primarily English campaigns — 
the Irish Wars of Elizabeth's reign and the 
English Civil Wars of the 17th Century for 
the most part, though Pinkie and Nieuport 
also find their way in, the latter presumably 
because of the considerable number of 
English troops involved. 

The first and shortest section of the book 
covers the historical background — 
weapons and their use, and the composi- 
tion of armies. In general this is a sound, 
simply-written exposition, though unlikely 
to give any new information to anyone who 
has done his own reading on the period, 
but it does contain one or two dubious 
statements — for example, that the sword 
and buckler broke the power of the Swiss 
pikes, or that it was 'the weapon that finally 
destroyed the pike in Europe' is entirely 

The middle section, rather longer, deals 
with the practical questions involved in set- 
ting up wargames armies and suitable ter- 
rain, and then presents, with full and clear 
explanation, a set of rules for the period. 
These are a simple set — simplicity, as the 
author points out, being a considerable vir- 
tue in such matters — and they deal very 
neatly and sensibly with the basic ques- 
tions of firing and hand-to-hand fighting 
(though the total omission of any effects 
for armour seems, in this historical period, 
rather odd; the poor old heavy cavalry 
cuirassier moves much slower than his 
lighter counterparts, but appears to get no 
countervailing advantage whatever from 
his heavy protection, not even against a 
sword!). The giving of a variable 'efficiency 
rating' to each unit is an excellent idea. 

Mr Wesencraft favours the currently un- 
fashionable system of sides moving alter- 
nately, both firing after each has moved, 
and he makes an able defence of this 
method, pointing out some very real draw- 
backs of other systems, but, particularly as 
a dice throw decides which side moves first 
each time, it can lead to some rather odd 

Another questionable feature is the 
mounting of infantry and cavalry figures on 
bases of identical frontage, and the 
reviewer personally prefers to stick cavalry 
figures firmly to their horses rather than 
keeping them removable as is necessary 
under these rules. In general, however, 
these look like a set which have been prop- 
erly tried, and which would particularly suit 
beginners, or a very large battle in which 
the number of troops and units involved 
precludes the use of more elaborate rules. 

The last section, more than half of the 
book, consists of 37 battles of the period 
for 're-fighting' (two with the Scots, three 
from the Irish wars, Nieuport, and the rest 
from the English Civil Wars). Each com- 
prises a simple plan of the battle as a war- 
game, a brief account, with numbers and 
names of leaders involved, any special 
rules needed, and a list of wargames fig- 


AIRFIX magazine 


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gests a Mediterranean setting, unu possibly the customary rear fuselage band has been 
overpainted. The fin serial is unreadable (Alejandro Dycueco). Below Avro York MW172 at 
Fayid on January 19 1955 (P. Clifton). 

February 1976 


ures required, usually at a ratio of one fig- 
ure to 50 or 100 actual men. These are weil 
worked out, and provide a wide choice of 
interesting wargames situations, which is 
their intention; they are not sufficiently 
in-depth to allow a very close simulation of 
history or the drawing of military-historical 
lessons or insights. 

Overall, there is a good deal to commend 
this book to the beginner in wargaming, 
who is presumably its intended audience, 
but it has relatively little to offer those more 
experienced, either in wargaming generally 
or this period in particular. A pity, then, that 
the impact of inflation in the publishing 
world has pushed its price to £5.50, out of 
reach of many of its likely readers. A good 
buy for a school library, perhaps? 

Readers interested in the pike and shot 
period, whether wargamers or not, will find 
more 'meat’ in George Gush's new book, 
Renaissance Armies 1480-1650, reviewed 
here in November. 

Lee Vs Meade 

THE FIRST three days of July 1863 ended 
all hope of a victorious end to the American 
Civil War for the Confederate States when 
their Army of Northern Virginia, under 
General Robert E. Lee, was defeated by the 
Union commander, Major General George 
Meade, and his Army of the Potomac at 
Gettysburgh. One third of the forces 
engaged became casualties. 

Gettysburgh has been the subject of 
many board games with Avalon Hill's game 
of the same name probably being the first 
available in the UK. The most recent one is 
SPI's ‘Cemetery Hill’ and just before that 
Rand Games produced their version, Lee 
Vs Meade'. All three can be obtained 
through Simulations Publications UK. 

Lee Vs Meade’ is a sort of hybrid 
between games of the ‘Campaign’ and 
Risk' types and true conflict simulations, 
which can be very complex. The rules are 
few and simple with the exception of thoso 
governing actual combat between units. 
Here the makers have had a field day by 
devising charts that enable the players to 
select tactical formations for combat. The 
attacking player can select one of six 
attack options and the defender has a simi- 
lar choice of defence options. The reviewer 
first came across this idea in Avalon Hill's 
'1776' but Rand Games have gone further 
with their system. 

They have used another clever idea to 
regulate movement of the pieces. The play- 
ing surface is a map of the battle area 
divided up into squares with each side and 
corner of every square displaying a 
number, this being the cost of moving a 
unit from one square to the next. The 
system is intended to allow for variation in 
terrain while permitting movement to be 
fast and simple, but it does give rise to 
some anomalies which may be irritating to 
the purist. 

The entire three day battle can be fought 
out, or selected highlights if time is 
restricted. Instructions for setting up each 
of the scenarios are given, together with 
the conditions of victory. 

To sum up, Lee Vs Meade' is a well- 
made, fast-moving game ideal for new- 
comers to the field of conflict simulations. 
It is available, price £4.45 (plus postage), 
from Simulations Publications UK, Crown 
Passages, Hale, Altrincham, Cheshire, 
WA15 9SP. 




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Clouds of Fear, by Roger Hall. Bailey Bros 
& Swinfen Ltd, Warner House, Folkestone, 
Kent. Price £2.95. 

IN RECENT MONTHS there has been a trend 
to re-issue some of the books that were 
written and published during World War 2, 
and the reader would be forgiven for think- 
ing that Clouds of Fear is such a reprint. In 
fact this is a new publication based on the 
wartime diaries of fighter pilot Roger Hall, 
who transferred from the Army to the RAF, 
fought during the Battle of Britain; then as 
a night fighter pilot, and back to day fight- 
ers until September 1942. In his introduc- 
tion the editor — who hides behind the ini- 
tials JB — freely admits that he has had to 
severely reduce the original text, and sadly 
this becomes very apparent. 

The style comes over as very forced and 
in many cases would be more at home in a 
'Biggies' type novel than a serious work. 
There is no doubting the author’s sincerity 
and much of the blame for the poor presen- 
tation of his work must fall fairly and 
squarely on the shoulders of the editor. 

The publishers claim that this book will 
rank alongside such classics as Hilary's 
Last Enemy and Brickhill's Reach for the 
Sky, is a sweeping statement that just does 
not hold water. 

If you like such dialogue as 'Hallo Man- 
drake — Hallo Mandrake’ Cocky called up. 
Maida Red one calling Bandit destroyed — 
Red two lost also — over.’, the irritating use 
of pilot's nicknames, very few references to 
actual squadrons by number or aircraft 
type, then this is the book for you. But it 
does become rather juvenile and is ques- 
tionable as a serious historic document. 
There are no photographs, but on the cre- 
dit side there is an interesting account of 
Defiant night operations. 

Jane's Pocket Book 6: Light Aircraft, 

edited by John W. R. Taylor. Macdonald 
and Jane's, Paulton House, 8 Shepherdess 
Walk, London N1 7LW. Price £2.25. 

THE NAMES Jane's and Macdonald are 
synonymous with quality and at £2.25 this 
7V5» in x 4V2 in soft-bound book keeps up a 
deserved reputation. 

If light aircraft are your particular forte 
then this is the book for you. Each subject 
is treated to a full-page photograph fol- 
lowed by technical details, a line drawing 
and year of first flight. 

It is presented in alphabetical order on 
good quality paper and includes a useful 
index in the rear. 

Biplanes, helicopters, twins, crop- 
sprayers and executive aircraft from coun- 
tries all over the world have been placed 
within the covers of this handy, little vol- 
ume's 255 pages. Reading it is certain to 
bring a touch of sadness as it is a true 
reflection of how this country's fortunes in 
this particular field of aviation have 

declined since the pre-war heydays. But if 
you want a quick easy reference and a 
guide to the many light aircraft that now 
daily criss-cross our skies, you could not 
do better than invest in this book. 

RAF Bomber Command and its aircraft 
1936-1940, by James Goulding and Philip 
Moyes. Ian Allan Ltd, Terminal House, 
Shepperton, Middx. Price £5.95. 

THIS IS A lavish publication in the now famil- 
iar style of Ian Allan in which authors 
James Goulding and Philip Moyes set out 
to tell the stories behind Bomber Com- 
mand and the aircraft used by it. 

The text is enjoyable and reveals many 
interesting facts about the re-equipping of 
the Command prior to the outbreak of 
World War 2 as well as the first two years of 
the war. Modellers will particularly like the 
considerable number of close-up detail 
shots that will help in their efforts to 
improve kits of the aircraft dealt with. There 
are also a large number of general photo- 
graphs, some that many will have seen 
before but others that are completely new. 

Line drawings — to no particular scale — 
are included and there are also eight pages 
of full colour drawings that have been 
nicely executed by James Goulding. 

All in all this is a worthy addition to the 
historian and modeller's book shelf, 
although at £5.95 some will have to take 
several looks before taking the plunge. It is 
presumed that the story will continue 
through other volumes so the end result 
will be well-worth having as it will present a 
useful and handy reference source for all 
bomber enthusiasts. 

Six Months to Oblivion, by Werner Gerbig. 
Ian Allan Ltd, Terminal House, Shepperton, 
Middx. Price £4.25. 

THIS BOOK concerns itself with the final 
stages in the fall of the Luftwaffe's fighter 
force. It takes as its focal point ‘operation 
Baseplate', the assault by German fighters 
on the Allied Tactical Air Force on January 
1 1945 with which it deals in some detail 
showing the parts played by the Jagd- 
geschwaden involved. Apart from this it 
mainly catalogues the German intercep- 
tions of main US daylight attacks on Ger- 

It is full of detail, which does not make 
for easy reading. There are useful listings 
of Orders of Battle and some interesting 
loss tables. There is little on the NJGs and 
little about the fighter interceptions of RAF 
bombers. Whether the RAF’s night raids 
were ever mounted as terror attacks is 
debatable, certainly such an idea was never 
mooted in briefing. 


The Zulu War, by David Clammer. Pan 
Books Ltd, 33 Tothill Street, London SW1. 

Price 60p. 

USING FIRST hand accounts, the author has 

produced a battle by battle account of the 
war with all its problems. Isandhlwana, 
Rorke’s Drift, Kambula, Ulundi, and other 
lesser known battles and combats, they are 
all here. The text is backed up by 12 maps, 
eight contemporary photos and prints, and 
appendices on unit strengths and casual- 

Uniforms of the American Civil War, by 

Philip Haythornthwaite, illustrated by 
Michael Chappell. Blandford Press Ltd, 167 
High Holborn, London WC1 V 6PH. Price 

THIS BOOK IS up to the usual high quality of 
the Blandford Colour Series and has the 
immaculate text to be expected from Philip 
Haythornthwaite. However, it is in no way 
restricted to uniforms as the title and its 
predecessors in the series suggest. 

In fact it includes short but comprehen- 
sive articles on the historical background 
of the war, casualty figures, organisation, 
rank markings, belt-plates and buttons, 
corps badges, artillery pieces, rockets, 
grenades, machine-guns, firearms, edged 
weapons, orders of battle for Gettysburg, 
and a full list of sources. 

In the excellent plates by Michael Chap- 
pell 154 uniforms are illustrated, and it is a 
relief to see dress and decorative militia 
uniforms are kept to the right proportion. 

With this title Blandford appear to be 
extending the scope of their books, and 
this one will certainly be invaluable as an 
introduction to the ACW for the modeller, 
uniform student, and particularly for the 
wargamer, listing as it does all the data that 
is needed for organising an army, painting 
it, and drawing up rules. 

Leipzig, by Per-Eric Jansson. Almark Pub- 
lishing Co Ltd, 49 Malden Way, New Mal- 
den, Surrey KT3 EA. Price £1.50. 
SCHWARZENBERG'S mission to bring three 
main armies in a co-ordinated operation 
towards a common goal was, as Mr Jansson 
says in this new book on the Battle of the 
Nations', difficult in the extreme. ‘The con- 
stant interaction of politics and military 
operations was disadvantageous, the 
communications a constant problem. 
Perhaps the entire venture was an impos- 
sibility against a soldier of Napoleon's 
calibre? The general idea was, at all times, 
to avoid a battle with the Master himself 
but, if it should become necessary, only in 
a defensive position. Not until October 15, 
in the orders for the following day, was a 
decisive battle foreseen, albeit in a hazy 
form which made the dispositions far too 
weak at the vital points. Leipzig was a great 
battle, Napoleon was thoroughly beaten in 
the field and Germany freed from his 
troops, but it took another six months to 
finish him off.' 

Leipzig has not got the fascination of 
Waterloo for English readers, but is popu- 
lar with wargamers for the challenge it pre- 
sents the French player, so this new paper- 
back will probably have a ready following. 
Being only 48 pages long, it is necessarily a 
potted' account, but well reasoned never- 
theless. Our main criticisms are the lack of 
any detailed maps, and the quality of the 16 
pages of colour artwork by Victor Ambrus 
— which are full of character but too 'arty' 
and lacking in detail to provide the requis- 
ite uniform information. 

The Franco-Prussian War 1870, by Robin 
May and G. A. Embleton. Almark Publish- 
ing Co Ltd, 49 Malden Way, New Malden, 
Surrey KT3 EA. Price £2. 

ON JULY 15 1870. Louis Napoleon, emperor 
of France, declared war on Bismarck's 
Prussia — an event which had been 
stage-managed by Bismarck to further his 
aim of unifying Germany. The French, of 
course, badly organised, led and equipped, 
fared disastrously: it was almost like facing 
a Napoleonic army against one from 1914- 
18. And in this lies its fascination. 

This well-written and illustrated book, 
which includes several pen and wash col- 
our illustrations by Gerry Embleton, is a 
concise but useful guide to one of the most 
important but neglected wars of the 19th 
Century, and will be of especial value to 
schools as well as to wargamers, military 
modellers and historians. The many con- 
temporary prints and engravings are 
particularly useful and attractive. 


Ocean Ships, by Bert Moody. Ian Allan Ltd. 
Terminal House, Shepperton, Middx. Price 

THIS IS THE latest edition of the volume 
which lists in handy form ocean going 
ships of the world. A new feature is the sec- 
tion devoted to cruise ships not listed in the 
main fleet sections. A third section deals 
with tankers. 

The 300 photographs show just how 
much the appearance of ocean ships has 
been transformed by the bulk carrier and 
container ship. Gone are some of the most 
famous names of yesteryear. The practice 
of renaming ships is not overlooked, 
former names being listed where applic- 

A very useful volume to have at hand if 
you are in the habit of sailing or just enjoy 
looking at ships. 


Cross-Country Cars from 1945, compiled 
by the Olyslager Organisation. Frederick 
Warne & Co Ltd, 40 Bedford Square, Lon- 
don WC1B 3HE. Price £2.95. 

AS THE OWNER of an ex-Army Land-Rover 
for some seven years, I welcomed the 
arrival of the latest book in the well-known 
Olyslager Auto Library series. Some 250 
examples of four-wheel drive and other 
special vehicles designed to carry passen- 
gers over rough ground are described and 
illustrated in this useful reference work. 

There are plenty of good illustrations, 
and all the cars are listed alphabetically by 
make for easy reference, although a sepa- 
rate list by country might have been a help- 
ful additional feature. Many of the famous 
cross-country vehicles are included: the 
ubiquitous Jeep, the popular Land-Rover, 
the luxurious Range Rover, the Austin 
Champ, and even the tiny Mini-Moke. Cars 
from Dodge, Toyota, Volkswagen, Citroen 
and Chevrolet also appear in this study of 
post-war civilian and military vehicles. 

The history of each car is described brief- 
ly, but modellers might find the book a little 
lacking in detailed specifications. Never- 
theless the photos should prove most 

F4E Phantoms 

FOR SOME TIME I have been collecting 
information to help with the construction 
of two F4E Phantom models and I found Mr 
Philpott's article (September 1974) very 
helpful. I would, however, like to make 
several observations. 

My own feeling is that the Hasegawa kit 
is preferable to the Airfix kit as Mr Philpott 
implies. However I disagree with him in that 
I prefer the Airfix ejector kits as a basis for 
further work, because the Airfix seat repro- 
duces the headrest profile better. 

For those working with the Airfix kit a 
point to note is that the versions (C, D, E 
and J) with the larger low pressure tyres 
have bulged main undercarriage housings 
(see Aircam No 41). 

In the references given by Mr Philpott, 
especially the Aircams, one must be wary 
of false captions, which are easily spotted. 
One aircraft, with a very substantial Vulcan 
cannon under the nose, is captioned, 
'F4D . . .’! 

Recently, in addition to the tailplane slats 
mentioned by Mr Philpott, extra UHF 
aerials have been fitted. These consist of 
strips of yellow plastic on the fin, intake 
and lower nose, as shown in the accom- 
panying photograph of an RF4C. 


Letters to the editor selected for publica- 
tion entitle the senders to each receive a 
free Airfix plastic construction kit, and the 
publication of photographs from readers 
is similarly rewarded. Airfix Products Ltd 
award the kits on the following scale: 

ONE letter or photograph published is 
rewarded by any kit from Series 1 - 8 
inclusive. For TWO letters or photographs 
any one kit up to and Including Series 12 
can be chosen, or alternatively two kits up 
to Series 8. For THREE contributions the 
entitlement is any one kit from Series 1 to 
20 inclusive, or any one kit from Series 1 
to 12 plus two kits from Series 1 to 8, or 
any three kits from Series 1 to 8. Readers 
can make their choice on the special form 
which we send out after publication. The 
kits are supplied direct by Airfix Products 

Letters to the editor should be 
addressed to: the Editor, Airfix Magazine, 
Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8EL. If a reply is 
wanted, a stamped addressed envelope 
(or International Reply Coupon) should be 
enclosed. All photographs submitted for 
consideration should be clearly labelled 
with the sender’s name and address on 
the back of each. 

Opinions expressed by correspondents 
on this page are their own and do not 
necessarily reflect the views of the Editor 
or Airfix Products Ltd. 

Finally some notes on painting the 
details (taken mainly from notes relating to 
the F4E but generally applicable to most 
versions). Cockpit — overall matt dark 
grey, straps pale brown, parachute and 
survival packs (on seat) green-brown, 
instrument panels matt dark grey, instru- 
ments black and white. Undercarriage — 
legs, wells, insides of doors, hubs — gloss 
white, also stores pylons on some A/C and 

Ross Marven, Huntingdon. 

German airborne forces 

SOME LIGHT can be shed on the discre- 
pancy between the number of parachutists 
stated to have been available for Operation 
Sealion and Mr Wise's order of battle for 

In the invasion of the Low Countries in 
May 1940, the Air Landing Corps used the 
1st Parachute Regiment of three battalions, 
the 2nd Parachute Regiment of two battal- 
ions, and divisional troops of the 7th Air 
Division. After the division's successes in 
that operation, its build-up to full strength 
was expedited. Casualties were replaced 
and the normal triangular organisation 
completed by raising a third battalion for 
the 2nd Parachute Regiment and a 3rd 
Parachute Regiment of three battalions. In 
addition, an ad hoc unit of parachutists and 
glider-borne troops, Assault Group Koch, 
which had been used with conspicuous 
success to neutralise the Belgian fortress 
of Eben Emael and seize bridges around it, 
was expanded into the 1st Assault Regi- 
ment, initially of one battalion but by May 
1941 of four. 

All these units were raised during 1940, 
and first committed to airborne action in 
Operation Mercury, the invasion of Crete in 
May 1941. 

To what extent the new parachutists 
would have been available for Sealion is 
problematic, but the proportion considered 
available presumably accounts for the 
difference between the number used in the 
invasion of the Low Countries and that 
estimated for the invasion of England. 

Mr Wise's description of glider-borne 
troops charging out of their gliders with 
guns blazing immediately on touchdown is 
a little fanciful. The DFS 230 glider was a 
small and very cramped machine carrying a 
pilot and nine, not eight men, comprising a 
section of ten. Its occupants had to 
clamber out rather than charge, although 
they were trained to do so quickly. They 
had to collect their carbines, stowed sepa- 
rately at the front of the passenger com- 
partment, and unload the other stores, 
such as machine-guns, ammunition and 
radio sets, stowed behind the passenger 
compartment. Anything left in the glider on 


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February 1976 



the ground for any length of time would 
probably be destroyed, as the glider was a 
very vulnerable target. Only after this was 
the section ready for offensive action. 

The account of using a machine-gun 
mounted on the DFS 230 rather surprises 
me. One was pintle-mounted in a dorsal 
position for in-flight defence and covering 
fire on landing, but I thought only later in 
the war. This machine-gun could not have 
been controlled by the pilot on landing, as 
Mr Wise implies. As a flexible mounting, 
the gun must have been manned in flight 
by one of the passengers; this gunner 
would have fired it on landing, to enable it 
to be used immediately, rather than after 
the pilot had clambered back to the gun 
position three seats behind his own, while 
everyone in those seats was going the 
other way to collect their carbines and get 


John L. Norris, New Barnet. 

Victorians unite! 

THE VICTORIAN Military Society is a non- 
commercial body whose aim is to foster 
interest in the military side of the Victorian 
period, including the armies of Britain and 
her Empire and, to a lesser extent, the 
armies of other nationalities. A quarterly 
journal is published for members, and origi- 
nal articles are welcomed by the editor, 
Stuart Asquith, 196 Torbay Road, South 
Harrow, Middx. HA2 9QL. 

Membership of the VMS costs £2.50 per 
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16 and under. Send your subscriptions, or 
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Tree Cottage, Netherend, Woolaston, 
Lydney, Glos. 

IPMS Hants (North) 

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formed earlier this year and is now well 
established. Regular meetings are held on 
the second Monday of every month, at the 
Farnborough Community Centre, Elies 
Hall, Pinehurst, Farnborough. The normal 
range of Branch activities takes place, and 
the Secretary, Mr P. J. Bultitude, assures 
anyone, whether an IPMS member or not, 
of a friendly welcome. Full details of meet- 
ing dates and times can be obtained from 
Mr Bultitude by sending him a SAE at: 2 
Anglesey Avenue, Cove, Farnborough, 
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